Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Friday, November 15, 2013
Squirrel Season Begins with a Bang on Pascagoula River Basin WMAs
JACKSON - Hunters in Squirrel Zone 3 had the opportunity to kick off squirrel season two weeks early by making a trip to their local Wildlife Management Area (WMA). While private land squirrel season in Zone 3 opened on October 26, the season on WMAs in this zone began October 12. Many hunters took advantage of this early opener as evidenced by the impressive harvest numbers on Pascagoula River and Ward Bayou WMAs. Hunters harvested 1,154 squirrels on Pascagoula River WMA and 461 squirrels on Ward Bayou WMA before the private land season even began. Pascagoula River WMA, which is comprised of 37,000 acres of predominately bottomland hardwood forest, is owned by the state of Mississippi and offers plenty of prime squirrel habitat. Ward Bayou WMA, owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, offers an additional 13,000 acres of forest on which hunters can pursue squirrels. With over 50,000 acres of public land in WMAs along the Pascagoula River basin, there is ample room for squirrel hunters to roam and find areas that offer little interference from others.
With the squirrel hunting season open until February 28, there is plenty of time to hunt squirrels. Hunters must purchase an annual WMA User Permit prior to hunting on any WMA. Also, hunters are urged to check the area-specific regulations before going afield as season dates on some WMAs may differ from the statewide framework. The daily bag limit for squirrel season is eight squirrels per day, regardless of species.
For more information regarding Wildlife Management Areas in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/wma or call us at 601-432-2199.
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