JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, hunting season for eastern gray squirrels and foxes begins later this month.
Squirrel hunting season runs from May 28 to February 15, 2023. The daily limit for hunting and trapping squirrels is 10 and the possession limit is 20. Hunters must have a valid small game permit or be exempt.
Hunters may use shotguns, rifles, and other legal firearms, as well as archery equipment, slingshots, or atlatls when hunting squirrels. Squirrels can also be harvested with the use of cage-style traps during the season.
The black bass season also begins on May 28 and runs through February 28, 2023. During this time, anglers can catch and hold black bass, largemouth bass, and speckled/Kentucky bass. The MDC says the daily limit for black bass is six; fish must be at least 12 inches long. Catch and release is allowed throughout the year. Some additional regulations may apply in specific waterways or areas. All anglers must have a valid fishing permit or be exempt.
MDC’s Mo Hunting and Mo Fishing mobile apps allow hunters and anglers to keep their licenses and permits accessible through their smartphones.