I estimate that I've killed over 200 deer in my life. I've seen some of nastiest things on them. Old gunshot wounds, new gunshot wounds, wounds from fighting other deer, tumors, ticks and a lot of stuff I can't even tell. This was a first though.
Saturday evening I finally got to go hunting for only the second time this year. It's been way too hot. I was bow hunting and using a crossbow. I've been using Rage 2 broad heads which are expensive. $45.00 for three. They work great though.
It's a beautiful day about 72* and no wind. Right about sunset a doe and two bambies show up in the field and are grazing. They slowly work their way in my direction until I can get a 30 yard shot on the doe. I take it and hit her high. Spine shot.
She goes down and thrashes around and she finally stops and is sitting up.So now I've got to shoot her again. I get the crossbow cocked and loaded and she's giving me a shot at her chest and I take it and she dies. Both arrows are fine, but one broad head is busted and the other one looking bad. $30.00 worth of broad heads, but that's hunting.
I get down and as I'm getting ready to gut her, I notice these bumps up under her arm pit with scabs on them. What the hell is that? Must be just a bug bite or something, no big deal. I gut her, then go back to the truck and get rid of my stuff and pull the truck close to the gate where I need to drag her to. Go back out and get the deer and drag her about 300 yards through the woods, across a small creek, through a small swampy area, and back up a grade to the truck. Load her ass in the truck. I go home and get all of my crap out. I've got to skin and quarter her up and get in the refrigerator because it going to 85* the next day. So I get out the cutting board, knives, saws-all, ropes, and the tractor. I set up my lights and everything's ready. I drag her out of the truck and around back. I hoist her up with the tractor and get her tied off. I grab my buck knife and get ready to cut and I look at this deer and.....................
This deer is covered with elongated bumps 1/4" wide and 1" to 2" long. It's all over her. Every bump has a big scab on it. Some of the scabs aren't healed and are festered up and oosing puss. It was pretty nasty and I was so freaked out and pissed off, I forgot to take a picture. I ain't eating this thing.
So I untie the deer, drag her back around the house, load her nasty ass back in the truck and take her down the road and out across the soy bean field and dumped her on the edge of the woods. What a waste of time.
What the hell is that? Someone told me of a case where he found Cattle Worms under the skin of deer. I googled it and can find stuff about parasites and other worms, but nothing right under the skin. Has anybody ever heard of or seen this before?