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professionalcoyotehunter
03-19-2010, 12:52 PM
If a cottontail or jackrabbit has pintail worms would you still eat it?

pdq_wizzard
03-19-2010, 12:59 PM
Nope not me (unless I needed to eat) when I lived in WY we always waited until the first freeze.

professionalcoyotehunter
03-19-2010, 1:01 PM
They are intestinal and not in the meat. Now botfly I would be concerned about eating but as long as I cook it all the way through it should be okay.

Timberwolf
03-19-2010, 1:02 PM
Chuck the carcus

professionalcoyotehunter
03-19-2010, 1:04 PM
But then other animals could be infested with them if they consume the animal raw.

Timberwolf
03-19-2010, 1:17 PM
:shrug: - thats what my Grandpa always taught me - that and don't kill 'em until after the first frost

professionalcoyotehunter
03-19-2010, 1:18 PM
I have heard the same from many people. I have eaten just about all that I have taken including ones with botfly which are usually ones taken in the summer. The one gigahertz shot last weekend had a botfly on its hind leg. I trimmed it out and froze it after doing that I believe they die and it is okay to eat them. I never eat wild game before freezing it once.

maxwellca21
03-19-2010, 1:22 PM
you can eat anything...you just might not like the aftermath.

10ga-killa
03-19-2010, 7:39 PM
I say NO! But it's America, do what you like! Say hello to your new parasites.

If you see worms let the buzzerds eat them!

AJAX22
03-19-2010, 7:43 PM
what do you do if you actually get those kinds of parasites frome eating infested meat (yech)?

in a SHTF scenario that would be good info to have.

10ga-killa
03-19-2010, 7:47 PM
You think you have some gas now, wait until you get some of them little critters in you. All types of little health problems can arise. Is it really worth it PCH?

ChaparralCommando
03-19-2010, 10:59 PM
If the worms are only the intestine what's wrong with eating the meat? Just be careful when gutting it and don't eat any gutshots.

duckman1
03-20-2010, 8:51 AM
I would not eat a Jack for any reason. If the Cottontail had worms I would not eat it either. Not worth the risk.

ChaparralCommando
03-20-2010, 9:25 AM
I would not eat a Jack for any reason. If the Cottontail had worms I would not eat it either. Not worth the risk.

Got this Jackrabbit yesterday. I didn't notice any health problems in it. No fleas or ticks even, which surprised me. The loins are the biggest section of meat on him. I boiled him 3 hours tonight; tastes like gray squirrel IMO, great for tacos.
http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs516.snc3/27099_373351337303_706402303_3843282_2165160_n.jpg

phroggunner
03-20-2010, 9:34 AM
Cook it and eat it, just more protein.

daveinwoodland
03-20-2010, 3:22 PM
I once went to Paris to see the sites. Never again ;)

glockwise2000
03-20-2010, 3:52 PM
This is coming from a stand point of a parasitologist: It is okay to eat it as long as you cook it very well and not some shortcut way of cooking. No BBQ.

Timberwolf
03-20-2010, 9:11 PM
PCH are you checking the liver on these spring kills, especially the ones with worms?

Timberwolf
03-20-2010, 9:17 PM
I just did a little search on Google on this rabbit issue and this is what I came up with. It does not part of a medical /scientific cite and is just entitled Diseases so use your own judgment as to the content.

"The cottontail rabbit is important as a game animal across its entire range. In the United States, deer are the only game more pursued by hunters than the rabbit or hare. In Nebraska more pheasants, quail and doves are harvested each year than cottontails, which may indicate that rabbits are an under utilized resource. Since the mid-1980s an average of 150,000 cottontails have been taken by approximately 26,000 hunters each year. Unfortunately, many rabbit carcasses are needlessly discarded by hunters each year due to the presence of two parasites which do not affect man. The larvae of botflies (commonly called warbles) are sometimes found under a rabbit's skin. If the hunter encounters a warble in a rabbit or finds an abscess under the skin where a warble has recently left the rabbit, he can remove that area of the meat and still use the rest of the carcass, provided the meat is cooked properly.

Tapeworm cysts are also found in rabbits. These are sacs of clear fluid that contain small white floating objects and are found attached to the rabbit's liver, intestines and occasionally to its lungs. These cysts are the larval stage in the life cycle of the dog tapeworm. If a dog or wild canine consumes one of these larvae it may develop into a tapeworm, but tapeworms do not develop in humans from these larvae. All of the larvae are normally removed when the rabbit is dressed. Any overlooked cysts are destroyed during the cooking process. This disease is often confused with "white spots on the liver" that are known to be indicative of Tularemia.

Tularemia is a bacterial disease of rabbits that is transmittable to man, usually through openings in the skin. Hunters who notice small white or yellow spots on the surface of the rabbit's liver when they are field dressing it should discard the entire rabbit immediately. During the early stages of the disease the liver can appear normal, though the infected rabbit may behave oddly, move slowly or be easily captured. It is a good idea to wear rubber gloves when dressing a rabbit and it is important to always cook rabbit meat thoroughly. Tularemia is transmitted between rabbits by fleas and ticks. Rabbits die from the disease, so it is not a problem once there has been a good hard frost and the temperature remains cool. A hard frost kills ticks and fleas which carry the disease, and a rabbit infected prior to the freeze will normally die within a few days of contracting the disease."