When is Squirrel Hunting Season in Texas?
When is squirrel hunting season in Texas? Squirrels are most commonly found in the fall, from September to August. The most common species are gray squirrels, which live in trees and bushes. This article will discuss when squirrel hunting season is legal and how to hunt them with a dog. There are a few important rules to follow when hunting these beautiful creatures. Listed below are some tips to help you make the most of your squirrel hunting experience.
September 1 through August 31
If you are looking for a family outing, squirrel hunting season in Texas can be a great way to spend your fall days outdoors. 157 counties have open seasons for hunting squirrels, but there are some areas that are closed to harvesting them. East Texas, for instance, has no closed season, but it does have some public lands that offer reasonably-priced access to hunting. In addition, 157 counties have fall and spring seasons for squirrels.
In addition to squirrels, you can also hunt crows. Although the seasons vary by zone, crow hunting is permitted year-round. Special department tags can be used to take one alligator. While alligator hunting season is not open to everyone, there are special regulations regarding possession and sale of the animals. The 1995 season ran from September 10 to August 31. And since crows are federally regulated, hunters can only take one crow per day.
Gray squirrels are the most common species
The eastern gray squirrel is the most commonly seen squirrel species in Texas, with a population of more than three-quarters. Its preferred food items include nuts and seeds, which it carries to the nest in numerous locations. The nest is usually occupied by both the mother and her young. Once the female has hatched her young, she tends to raise them. At around 10 or 12 weeks old, the baby squirrels begin moving about on nearby limbs.
Eastern gray squirrels live in swamps and dense groves of live oaks and cypress trees, but they are less common in the middle and western parts of the state. They typically inhabit areas with mature trees, where underbrush is minimal. Their distribution is greatest in eastern Texas, where they are found in greater numbers. On average, they occupy about two to three acres per squirrel, but they will cover up to forty acres in a single year. While they share territory with fox squirrels, they don’t necessarily compete for food. In fact, their territories overlap when both species are present, and they often share food sources and shelter.
Can you shoot a squirrel out of season?
In Texas, you can shoot a squirrel out of season if you are legally entitled to do so. As long as you don’t kill it for eating or for damaging property, you’re fine. Just make sure you get a permit. You can get this from the Department of Environmental Conservation. If you do shoot a squirrel, make sure you pick the right spot so that you don’t hurt yourself or your neighbors. If you do shoot a squirrel, be sure to watch it closely as they’re most active in the morning.
When shooting a squirrel, it’s crucial to check the local regulations. In Texas, shooting squirrels is not allowed inside city limits because the animals are not protected. Also, if you don’t have a license to hunt squirrels, you might end up shooting an animal that may pose a danger to humans and other animals. There are other ways to get rid of squirrels, such as removing their food source.
Can you hunt with a canine partner?
In most counties of Texas, there is no closed season on squirrel hunting. However, this does not mean you can’t hunt with a canine companion. The traditional season for hunting squirrels in East Texas is May 1-31, and from Oct. 1 to the last Sunday of February. Just make sure you follow all regulations for squirrel hunting in Texas. Check the Outdoor Annual online to see the current regulations. The current year’s information will not be updated until mid-August.
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.