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May 16, 2023Jefferson City, Mo. |  By: Jeremy Werner

MDC reminds hunters about upcoming squirrel season


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation is reminding hunters that squirrel season starts towards the end of this month.

The hunting season on eastern gray and fox squirrels starts Saturday, May 27 and runs through February 15, 2024.

Allowed methods include shotguns, rifles, and other legal firearm methods, as well as archery equipment, slingshots, or spear.

Squirrels may also be hunted with cage-style traps during the season as long as hunters have a valid Small Game Hunting permit.

Traps must be labeled with the hunter’s full name and address, or Conservation Number, be attended daily, and have an opening of 144 square-inches or smaller.

The daily limit for hunting, including the use of cage-style traps, is ten and the possession limit is 20. Hunters must have a permit valid for hunting small game or be exempt.