October 1st Marks the Beginning to Squirrel Season - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Attention squirrel hunters!

Source: Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Source: Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Mississippi squirrel hunting season officially opened on October 1st. Squirrel hunters will notice some changes to the season this year.

There is now a statewide fall hunting season without zones.  The special youth squirrel season took place from September 24 – September 30 on private lands, and authorized state and federal lands only. The bag limit for the fall season still remains eight squirrels per day. 

“These changes will increase squirrel hunting opportunities and eliminate confusion regarding squirrel hunting zones,” said Dave Godwin, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Small Game Program Coordinator.

Squirrel population numbers look good for the upcoming hunting seasons.  “We expect squirrel populations to be abundant throughout most of the state, and it looks like hardwood mast crops will again be good in many areas,” said Rick Hamrick, MDWFP Small Game Biologist. “Although we had another cold winter, we believe squirrel reproduction was good this summer, and hunters should find plenty of squirrels.”

For those in search of a place to hunt, most of Mississippi's open public lands and wildlife management areas offer squirrel hunting opportunities. Hunters should generally look for areas with mature, hardwood forest cover for the best squirrel hunting. 

Many public areas also allow small game hunters to hunt with dogs. Anyone planning to hunt public land should read the regulations before they hunt. Some areas may have season dates and rules that differ from general statewide regulations.

For more information regarding squirrel hunting in Mississippi, click here.

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