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2015 - 2016 Squirrel Hunting Seasons:


There are now statewide fall and spring squirrel hunting seasons. Seasons open on the same date statewide (no squirrel hunting zones).  Anyone hunting on public land should always consult the regulations for public lands they hunt, as some public lands may have season dates that differ from general statewide regulations.

Youth Season*: September 24, 2015 - September 30, 2015; Daily Bag Limit: 8 squirrels (regardless of species)

Fall Season: October 1, 2015 - February 28, 2016; Daily Bag Limit: 8 squirrels (regardless of species)

Spring Season: May 14, 2016 - June 1, 2016; 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. Army 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.

2015 - 2016 Season Outlook

Overall, squirrel populations are expected to be slightly less abundant going into the 2015 - 2016 fall hunting season compared to last year.  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 ranged from poor to good around the state in 2014, and squirrel numbers are anticipated to vary somewhat reginoally.  The late summer breeding period will add new individuals to populations ahead of the fall hunting season.  Droughty conditions that occurred in late summer around parts of the state may locally decrease abundance of mast availability later into winter. 
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