The spring squirrel hunting season is open for 51 counties in Texas. This hunting season is a great opportunity for hunters all over Texas to not only take part in the hunting tradition but to also help those 51 counties where the squirrel populations are the largest and the most devastating.

For over 40+ years now Texas has allowed a squirrel hunting season. There is also the more popular, Autumn season which draws far more hunting enthusiasts out and about compared to spring.

There are a couple reasons for this, which Shannon Tompkins eloquently explained in his latest post for the Chronicle here.

According to Tompkins, the spring squirrel hunting season is less popular for a few reasons, one of them being that its a more difficult hunt. This is due to the thick leaf cover of the trees making it harder to see the squirrels and easier for the squirrels to hide as well.

Squirrel Seasons & Regulations

General Season – East Texas 51 counties    Oct. 1, 2015 – Feb. 28, 2016 and May 1 – 31, 2016

Year-round Season – No bag limit 157 counties  Sept. 1, 2015 – Aug. 31, 2016

Youth Season East Texas 51 counties  Sept. 26 – 27, 2015

No Open Season – 46 counties



Source: Shannon Tompkins for the Houston Chronicle

Image: Eastern gray squirrel (Scours carolinensis)By Diliff   CC BY-SA 3.0  via Wikimedia Commons