MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence
There are two game species of squirrels found in Mississippi,
the eastern gray squirrel and the eastern fox squirrel. Both
species are found throughout the state, but gray squirrels are the
most widely distributed and most numerous.
There are two subspecies of fox squirrels that occur in
Mississippi. The Bachman, or "Hill Country," fox squirrel is the
subspecies that occurs in more open upland areas throughout the
state. The Delta fox squirrel is primarily limited to the Delta
region, and is mostly abundant in mature forests. Hill
Country fox squirrel populations have declined substantially
in many areas because of changes in land use and management.
Gray squirrels are perhaps the most abundant resident small game
species, and generally offer plenty of hunting opportunities in
most areas of the state. However, squirrel populations will often
fluctuate from one year to the next in response to the abundance of
the previous year's autumn mast crops (acorns, nuts, pine
seeds, berries, and fruits).
The squirrel program does not stock squirrels. Information
on managing habitat for squirrels can be found under the Habitat
and Population Management section below. Technical assistance is
also available for managing land for squirrel habitat.
Small Game Program
Habitat and Population Management