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Squirrel hunting season underway - or will be soon - across Midwest

August 06, 2012 at 01:17 PM

The Associated Press

Illinois squirrel hunting season already underway

Squirrel-hunting season opened Aug. 1 in Illinois.

The season continues through Nov. 15 when it goes on hiatus during firearm deer-hunting season.

The second segment runs Nov. 19 - 28.

The third segment begins Dec. 3, after the close of the second firearm season, and concludes Feb. 15.

Hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

The daily limit is five and the possession limit is 10.

Nebraska squirrel hunting season opens

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Squirrel hunting season is open in Nebraska, and officials say it provides a great opportunity to teach novices about hunting.

Mike Streeter with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says squirrel hunting can offer a good opportunity to teach someone to hunt.

And there are plenty of opportunities to hunt squirrels because the season runs through next Jan. 31.

Streeter says hunters should wear insect repellant and drink plenty of water when they go after squirrels. And hunters should be careful where they point their firearms, and they should make sure they know what might be behind or near their target.

The daily limit is seven squirrels.

Warmer temps should help out squirrel hunters

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — If the bark of a fox squirrel or the sound of a gray squirrel chewing on an acorn gets you excited, you’re probably in for another good year, says Rick Hamrick of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

“We don’t have a hard and fast way to keep count on the population,” said Hamrick, “but we’re expecting this to be another good year.

“Generally, statewide, we had a pretty good mast crop throughout the state last year. That should translate to a pretty good squirrel population this year.”

The small game program leader for MDWFP, Hamrick said the strong food supply last winter combined with unusually warm temperatures means more squirrels came into the spring breeding season and in healthy condition.

For squirrel hunter Bill Ridout of Raymond, this is great news.

“I am absolutely looking forward to it,” said Ridout. “It looks like a good season and if I can hear them, I’m going to put a bunch in the freezer.”

Hunting bushytails since the age of 10, Ridout said he has typically gone five to six times a season in past years.

Now, recently retired, Ridout said, “we’ll be going pretty much every day.”

Squirrel hunting enthusiast Neil Brown of Carthage thinks it will be a banner year and can’t wait until the season opens.

“We had a bumper crop of acorns last year,” said Brown. “I’ve got a white oak over my driveway and I picked up 500 pounds last year.”

As a result of the bumper crop, Brown said, “I’ve got squirrels everywhere.”

Online:

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, http://www.mdwfp.com/wildlife-hunting/squirrel-program/hunting-season.aspx

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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