Squirrel and Black Bass seasons open May 22

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS) – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds everyone that the squirrel hunting season and the black bass fishing season begin May 22.


The eastern gray squirrel and fox hunting season runs from May 22 to February 15, 2022.

Allowed methods include:

  • shotguns
  • rifles
  • archery equipment
  • Slingshots or atlatls.

The daily hunt and capture limit is ten and the possession limit is 20.

Hunters may hunt squirrels with the following permits:

  • archery hunting
  • Daily Small Game
  • Hunting and fishing for small game
  • Small game.

Squirrels can also be hunted with cage-style traps during hunting season, as long as the hunters have valid permits.

Traps must be labeled with the hunter’s full name and address, or Conservation Number, serviced daily, and have an opening of 144 square inches or less.

Click here for more information on squirrel hunting.


Anglers can catch and keep Black Bass, such as Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Kentucky/Spotted Bass, from May 22 to February 22, 2022.

These fish can be found in most streams south of the Missouri River.

Black bass can be legally caught and released year-round anywhere in Missouri.

Legal-size largemouth bass can be kept year-round away from reservoirs and streams with no closed season.

In most state waters, the daily limit for largemouth bass is six.

Fish caught in most rivers and streams should be 12 inches long.

Additional regulations may apply to specific waters or areas.

Anglers must have a valid fishing permit or be exempt.

Click here for more information on black bass season.

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