When is Squirrel Season in Missouri?
If you’ve ever wanted to hunt a squirrel, you’ve probably wondered when is squirrel season in Missouri. While the Department of Conservation encourages hunting for black bass and other game animals, there are also some regulations about when squirrels are allowed to be hunted. In Missouri, gray and fox squirrels are legal to hunt during certain times of the year. The hunting seasons for these two types of squirrels begin on May 22 and February 15, respectively.
Float-hunting for squirrels
If you’re looking for a unique way to catch squirrels in Missouri, try float-hunting! Float-hunting for squirrels can be very exciting. To do so, you can use a canoe or jon boat to catch your quarry. Be sure to wear a flotation vest, bring a landing net, and take two hunters. One person will paddle the boat while another will stay in the bow and watch for squirrels along the bank or climbing trees that line the water’s edge.
Float-hunting for squirrels is legal only on public land. If you’re looking for a remote area to shoot from a boat, try the Tuckahoe WMA, a WMA located in Screven County. Float trips through WMAs can yield excellent results, and you can even bag a squirrel while hunting! But be sure to follow all the rules and regulations regarding hunting on boats.
Float-hunting for black bass
Float-hunting for black bass in Missouri during squirrel season is a great way to take in the action of this famous game. Unlike stalking the animal from a cliff or a tree, a float-hunting trip allows hunters to enjoy their favorite activity while being in the safety of a boat. The best time to float-hunt is at daybreak when the squirrels are most active. Typically, hunter-fishers work in pairs, with one person paddling the boat into position while the other hunts.
If you’re going on a float-hunting trip, make sure to select a stream with road access and bridges. A river that is five to ten miles long is ideal for a one-day trip. The distance varies depending on the water flow, the time of year and whether you plan to camp overnight. If you’re not able to drive two cars to the river, consider arranging a shuttle service with an outfitter. Alternatively, you can drive yourself to the river and wait until the season starts.
Hunting for squirrels with a 22 caliber rifle
Some people enjoy hunting squirrels, as the meat is tasty and the animals are easier to kill. However, adults who hunt larger game animals may be hesitant to try this technique due to concerns about the potential for “ruining” the meat. Consequently, hunting squirrels with a rifle may be a good alternative. Missouri’s Department of Conservation has recently expressed concern over the practice.
There are several times of year that are ideal for hunting squirrels in Missouri. The season opens in late spring and ends on February 15, 2010. Many hunters think that the early spring is the best time to chase squirrels, but this is not true. It is much easier to find the animals later in the year, as the squirrels are busy storing food for the winter. You can also hunt for squirrels during the late fall, when the leaves start to fall and the weather is cool. The key is to be quiet and alert.
Float-hunting for black bass with a 22 caliber rifle
During the peak squirrel season, you can enjoy float-hunting for black bass with a.22 caliber rifle on a Missouri river. Use a jon boat or canoe to travel along the water, wearing a flotation vest and a landing net. One hunter should paddle the boat while another stays in the bow, keeping an eye out for squirrels scurrying along the bank and in the trees near the water’s edge.
While you’re out hunting, look for trees with buds on them. Squirrels love maple tree buds. If you’re lucky enough to catch one in the late afternoon, you’ll want to use still-hunting techniques. Late-season squirrels are not as likely to gather, so don’t wait for a squirrel to wander past.
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.