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    Default Haul RD in the spring??

    What time of spring would you say would be the best time to get up haul rd for some meat?

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    I go up every spring for meat its a fun trip but can be nasty to but thats anytime of the year on the haul road. With that said its lean meat there is little to no fat left. Any time March april may just be prepared for the bugs in the hides.

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    Bugs in the hides???

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossyhorn View Post
    Bugs in the hides???
    For your info

    http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=disease.skin5
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    You need a strong stomach first time i saw it i almost lost it. There in the skin and nothing to worry about on the meat just make sure you cook it good. Brought back 10 or more caribou from that time of year and had not problems with meat just an uneasy stomach from the bugs dont nick one open while your skinning it may set you over.

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    hey guys, thought i'd chime in on "bugs" in the hide and meat. This year I shot a 45" bull and it was heavily infected with a parasite new to my own knowledge.

    here's a couple of pics of what has been identified as onchacirca (legworm). The meat had lots of tinea parasites as well, but this particluar worm was most unsightly. In 16 years of harvesting lots of ungulates from Alaska, I've never seen this one, nor had any of the biologists i've spoken to throughout the Interior and northern Alaska.

    Onchacirca is transmitted by the black fly, supposedly moose are more prone since they are more suitable hosts, but caribou can also get them.

    be aware...

    diseased moose 1.jpg


    diseased moose 3.jpglarry

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    Larry,
    How was the meat on your moose?

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