Ga. Squirrel hunting season starts next week

ATLANTA — Get ready, Inspector Carlton Lassiter. Georgia’s squirrel hunting season kicks off next week.

During the season, hunters can hunt gray and fox squirrels, both of which are found throughout Georgia. There is a maximum daily bag limit of 12 squirrels per hunter. 

“Prior to the successful restoration of white-tailed deer, pursuing squirrels in the fall became a significant cultural hunting tradition in Georgia,” John Bowers, Wildlife Resources Division’s Game Management assistant chief, said in a news release. “Squirrel hunting provides one of our best opportunities to introduce youth to hunting, instill in them our responsibilities to wildlife conservation and provide exposure to the outdoors. Additionally, it’s fun, inexpensive and provides constant action.” 

The season runs from Aug. 15 through Feb. 28.

State officials say squirrels are the second most hunted small game species in Georgia. Doves are the most hunted small game.

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