JACKSON, Miss.- The official squirrel season starts on October 1st, but the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks says youth hunters can start this weekend.
The 2016-2017 season kicks off on October 1, and lasts through February 28,2017 for any private lands and authorized state and federal land. Only eight squirrels can be bagged per day.
Numbers vary from year to year for squirrel populations. Last year hardwood mast crops ranged from very good to poor across the state. Sometimes, when the crop is low, that can mean fewer squirrels. However, fall often sees an upswing in squirrels produced during the late summer.
The MDWFP predicts acorn crops are shaping up to be good in the state.
Hunters should generally look for areas with mature, hardwood forest cover. There they will find the best squirrel hunting. Many public areas will allow small game hunters to hunt with dogs.
Please familiarize yourself with hunting regulation material before heading to the woods.
For more information visit www.mdwfp.com/squirrel or call 601-432-2199.