After cleaning one of the deers at the camp, the meat was put in a large ice chest with some big blocks of ice in the shade. The guys ran off to the store to get bags of ice. The ice chest was not closed all the way and has a small gap. After about an hour and a half when they returned to add the ice, they opened the ice chest. Inside was about 2 dozen or so flies. It was cold in there so they were hardly moving or not moving at all. They removed the flies, rinced with few gallons of water, added the ice, and said will rinse the meat with the hose pipe when they get home, and then add fresh ice.
Did the flies harm anything? This was the debate this weekend. I say no. too cold for the flies inside. Worse things have been on the meat before it can get a good rice and rub down. Urine, guts, etc.
This post was edited on 12/3 at 4:25 pm