Grab your favorite gun and lightweight camo, and get after bushytails right now
Spring squirrel hunting is an opportunity many of us overlook, and a family tradition for others. The following states offer short spring seasons or longer seasons that stretch into next year. Many of the same sit-and-wait or spot-and-stalk tactics you use in the fall and winter work now, too.
Spring season (statewide): May 15, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021
Daily limit: 12
Possession limit: 48
First, that’s a healthy daily limit. And you can keep a bunch in your freezer, and hunt squirrels 10 months a year. The state is, after all, nicknamed the Land of Opportunity.
Squirrels may not be hunted with rifles or handguns larger than a .22 caliber rimfire or with muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber (unless a modern gun or muzzleloader deer season, bear season or coyote season is open). Also, squirrels may not be hunted with shotguns using rifled slugs or shot larger than T shot, but heck – no squirrel hunter I know would anyway.
Kansas spring squirrel dates for 2020 are currently unavailable. Last year, opportunities ran from June 1, 2019 through February 2020. Check the Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism website for updated details, include COVID-19 insights regarding public lands.
The squirrel-hunting tradition is alive and well in the Bluegrass State. Kentucky shooting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset, and hunters are permitted afield before and after shooting hours. Our Realtree.com editorial team’s Kentucky spring squirrel hunt from a few years back included slipping into the woods at daybreak and stalking squirrels in the leafed-out hardwoods, with some good success. Watch this Realtree video below for more on that hunt.
Louisiana shooting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. Spring squirrel season is closed on the Kisatchie National Forest, National Wildlife Refuges, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers properties and some state WMAs (check the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries website for details).
National Forest lands are closed to spring squirrel hunting. During the spring season, gray and red squirrels may be taken statewide, unless otherwise posted, and on specific wildlife management areas. Check the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for details.
In these days of COVID-19 social distancing – something many of us hunters have always done anyway – springtime, and even summer, squirrel hunting provides opportunities to get outdoors and put food on the table.