Waiting almost over when Georgia’s squirrel hunting season kicks off on Sunday

Hunters ready to head into the woods don’t have to wait much longer, because squirrel hunting season begins Sunday, August 15, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife Resources.

“Many people may think of hunting as just standing still and waiting for your target to come close to you, but squirrel hunting often provides more action, so you may be moving around looking for ole’ bushytail – this creates an opportunity perfect for engaging an energetic youngster or someone new to hunting,” said Alan Isler, WRD Game Management Section Chief.

Small game hunting will begin soon as the Georgia squirrel hunt begins on Sunday, August 15, and runs through February 28, 2022.

Squirrel season runs from August 15 to February 28, 2022, and hunters can go after both gray and fox squirrels. The maximum daily bag limit is 12 per hunter. However, new this year, some wildlife management areas have a limit on the capture of fox squirrels.

The Georgia WMA offers access to nearly a million acres of hunting opportunity, and squirrel hunting is permitted in the WMAs at specific times during squirrel season statewide (https://georgiawildlife.com/allwmas) . Hunters are advised to consult the current hunting regulations for specific dates and information from the WMA (http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/hunting/).


Both gray squirrels and foxes can be found throughout Georgia. The gray squirrel, abundant in both rural and urban areas, is the most common species. Although primarily associated with hardwood forests, grays can also be found in mixed pine-hardwood forests. Predominantly gray, with white underparts, gray squirrels appear to have a slimmer body than fox squirrels, weighing between 12 ounces and 1.5 pounds.