Squirrel and black bass seasons open May 27 in MO

Eastern Gray Squirrel (Source: MDC)
Eastern Gray Squirrel (Source: MDC)

(KBSI) – Squirrel and black bass seasons open Saturday, May 27 in Missouri.


The hunting season on eastern gray and fox squirrels runs May 27 through Feb. 15, 2024. Allowed methods include shotguns, rifles, and other legal firearm methods, as well as archery equipment, slingshots, or atlatls. Squirrels can also be harvested with cage-style traps during the hunting season as long as hunters have a valid Small Game Hunting permit. Traps must be labeled with the hunter’s full name and address, or Conservation Number, be attended daily, and have an opening of 144 square-inches or smaller.

The daily limit for hunting, including the use of cage-style traps, is 10. The possession limit is 20. Hunters must have a permit valid for hunting small game or be exempt.

Tap here to get more information on squirrel hunting and trapping from MDC’s 2023 Summary of Missouri Hunting and Trapping Regulations online.

Tap here to find squirrel recipes.

Black Bass

Anglers may catch-and-keep black bass, such as largemouth, smallmouth, spotted/Kentucky bass, May 27 through Feb. 29, 2024. Black bass can be found statewide but have a closed season part of the year in most streams south of the Missouri River. Black bass can be caught and released legally throughout the year anywhere in Missouri. Legal-sized bass may be kept all year long from impoundments and streams with no closed season.

The daily limit on black bass is six in  most state waters. Fish taken from most rivers and streams must be 12-inches long. Additional regulations may apply to specific waters or areas. Anglers must have a valid fishing permit or be exempt.

Tap here to find more information on bass fishing in MDC’s 2023 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations.

Tap here for tips from MDC on cooking fish.

Users of MDC’s Mo Hunting or Mo Fishing mobile apps can keep their hunting and fishing permits on the apps, find nearby places to hunt or fish, check area regulations, and more.

Both Mo Hunting and Mo Fishing apps are available for download for Apple and Android users.

Tap here for more information.

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