Conservation Department offers squirrel hunting course

A family participates in the squirrel hunt.  The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering a squirrel hunting class and guided hunt in Boone County.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering a virtual squirrel hunting clinic and guided hunt in Boone County for new hunters.

The class will perform from 6 to 7 pm on October 1 and the hunt will be held from 8 am to 2 pm on October 3.

The virtual clinic will cover wildlife identification, habits and habitat, hunting techniques, safety, regulations, and how to clean and prepare squirrel meat for the table.

“Squirrel hunting is a great opportunity for hunters of all experience levels to get out and enjoy the chase of one of Missouri’s smallest game animals,” conservation educator Rhys McCracken said in a news release.

The department will provide firearms and ammunition for the hunt, although participants are encouraged to bring their own weapons.

Squirrel season began this year on May 23 and continues through February 15. Hunters can capture up to 10 squirrels per day and have 20 in their possession.

Full details and registration for the class and hunt can be found online at