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Squirrel Hunting Season

2014-2015 Squirrel Hunting Seasons:

 

There are now statewide fall and spring squirrel hunting seasons. There will be a statewide season opening date and no squirrel hunting zones as in previous years.  Although these changes will apply to all private lands and most public lands, anyone hunting on public land should always consult the regulations for public lands they hunt, as some public land areas may have season dates that differ from general statewide regulations.

Youth Season*: September 24, 2014-September 30, 2014; Daily Bag Limit: 8 squirrels (regardless of species) 

Fall Season: October 1, 2014-February 28, 2015; Daily Bag Limit: 8 squirrels (regardless of species)

Spring Season: May 15, 2015-June 1, 2015; Daily Bag Limit: 4 squirrels (regardless of species)

 
* Private lands and authorized state and federal lands including Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U. S. Corps of Engineers managed lands which designate the squirrel youth season in their regulations and open U. S. Forest Service National Forest lands. Persons eligible to participate in this special hunt are those who are 15 years of age or younger. A child at least 12 years of age and under 16 years of age must have a certificate of satisfactory completion of a hunter education course approved by the department before hunting alone in this state; otherwise they must be in the presence and under the direct supervision of a licensed or exempt hunter at least 21 years of age when hunting. A child under the age of 12 must be in the presence and under the direct supervision of a licensed or exempt hunter at least 21 years of age when the child is hunting. A licensed hunter supervising a child as provided in this section must hold a valid Mississippi license for the species being hunted.
 

2014-2015 Season Outlook

Although we had a relatively long, cold winter, squirrel populations are expected to be mostly abundant going into the 2014 - 2015 fall hunting season.  The previous year's hardwood mast crop is often a good indicator of population numbers the following year, as this has a significant effect on overwinter survival of squirrels available to breed the next year.  Mast crops were fair to good in most areas of the state in 2013, and good squirrel numbers are anticipated this fall.  Short of any drastic, unfavorable weather events, the late summer breeding period will add new individuals to populations ahead of the fall hunting season.
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