When is Squirrel Hunting Season in Minnesota?
When is squirrel hunting season in Minnesota? Depending on which species you hunt, it can be anywhere from mid-September to early February. Most species of squirrels spend most of their time asleep, but there are a few exceptions to the general rule. The best times to hunt a squirrel are at dusk or dawn, when they are most active. To hunt a squirrel successfully, you must understand its sleeping patterns. The two most sought-after species of small game in Minnesota are the eastern gray squirrel and the eastern fox squirrel. Both species are fast, which allows them to move quickly through the treetops and ground.
From mid-September through the end of February
From mid-September to the end of February, the state of Minnesota has a squirrel hunting season. These nocturnal mammals prefer sunny, dry weather. However, the state does not prohibit you from feeding squirrels, but wildlife officials recommend that you do not do this in cities. However, in certain situations, such as when hunting in the fall or early winter, a squirrel may be easier to catch.
The best place for squirrel hunting in Minnesota is near a water source, where squirrels are likely to congregate. This is because trees growing alongside a water source are likely to have the largest fruits and nuts. Wear hip waders or knee boots if you’re going to be near a water source. Once you’ve located a suitable location, look for signs of squirrel activity. Look for acorns, nuts, or bark scattered on the ground.
Two ground squirrel species exist in Minnesota
Minnesota is home to two species of ground squirrel. The Franklin’s ground squirrel inhabits primarily prairie-grass areas. The Richardson ground squirrel prefers shorter grassy areas. Both ground squirrels are omnivorous and live in burrow systems. In the winter, they store food for the spring. Both are widespread throughout the state. They are not dangerous to humans, but should be kept out of reach. Depending on their age, they can reach up to eight years of age.
The thirteen-lined ground squirrel is technically a ground-squirrel. Many wildlife experts in the state classify this species as a separate species. Its stripes run from head to tail, with seven darker stripes separated by six light ones. In addition, it has yellowish spots on its body. Although this species tends to live in grassland, it also invades homes and attics as a nuisance. Because of this, the 13-lined ground-squirrel has gained popularity as the official mascot of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Bag limits are imposed on hunters
Squirrel hunters in Minnesota are a relatively small group, but they do exist. Last year, about 40,000 people in Minnesota took out a hunting license to pursue gray or fox squirrels. While that was a slight increase over the year before, the number has been declining steadily since the 1990s. Those who hunt for squirrels are outnumbered by those who pursue other species.
The wildlife manager said that many of the deer populations were down in the state. A number of factors may have kept the harvest from increasing. Hunters’ preferences, especially for bucks, may have prevented hunters from taking does in favor of waiting for the right moment. A tough winter this year may also have lowered the number of deer. Bag limits for both types are similar this year. Hunting season will begin on October 5 in most parts of Minnesota.
Tradition of hunting squirrels in Minnesota
The tradition of hunting squirrels in Minnesota dates back to the Hmong immigrant community’s arrival in the state in the 1970s. In recent years, however, squirrel hunting has become rarer, with few reported sightings since most public lands lack squirrels. Many theories have been offered, with most pointing to the hunters themselves. In southeastern Minnesota, squirrel camps have sprouted. But is it really the hunters who are to blame?
The gray squirrel is a small, furry rodent with a distinct look. Its back is gray, with white undersides and a whitish tail edge. It lives in the eastern part of the state, and its diet consists mainly of acorns and hickory nuts. It also eats insects, berries, seeds, bark, and fungi. While they are not particularly large animals, gray squirrels have the ability to raise litters of three to five young per year.
Requirements for obtaining a small game license
The requirements for obtaining a small game license for fox and gray squirrel hunting in Minnesota differ by state. Some states only allow squirrel hunting on state-owned park grounds, while others allow hunting on private land, but you’ll have to get permission from the landowner first. These are tree-dwelling mammals that live in dense forests. The DNR handbook lists seven-day limit for fox and gray squirrels. Red squirrels are not listed as small game animals and are not allowed to be hunted in Minnesota.
There are also other requirements for obtaining a small game license in Minnesota. Generally, a small game hunter must have some training in firearm safety, or go afield with a licensed hunter. However, if you have no prior training in firearm safety, you can use the apprentice hunter validation program to ensure you have a safe, successful hunt. Hunting safely requires careful observation of wildlife habits and stealth. The state of Minnesota has 1.4 million acres of state forests and wildlife management areas open to the public.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.