Shhh… . Don’t tell Missy but squirrel season in Mississippi starts Thursday.
Daily bag limit is eight but according to the MS Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks website, “[s]quirrel populations are expected to be less abundant going into the 2015 – 2016 fall hunting season compared to last year.”
The previous year’s hardwood mast crop is often a good indicator of population numbers the following year, as this has a significant effect on overwinter survival of squirrels available to breed the next year. Mast crops ranged from poor to good around the state in 2014, and squirrel numbers are anticipated to vary considerably by region. Short of any drastic, unfavorable weather events, the late summer breeding period will add new individuals to populations ahead of the fall hunting season.
Wonder how many squirrels it takes to make a big ‘o pot of Brunswick stew?