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TWRA: Squirrel Season Set to Open August 8th   PDF  Print  E-mail 
Written by TWRA  
Thursday, 19 August 2004

Tennessee's hunting season for gray, fox and red squirrels opens on Saturday, August 28, 2004 according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). The season continues through February 28, 2005 with a daily bag limit of 10.

The hunting season for squirrels is one of the longest fall seasons and one of the most underutilized. Squirrel populations tend to rise and fall with the availability of mast (food). Mast production the past few years has been fair to good and has resulted in good populations.

Two of the most productive ways to hunt squirrels are still-hunting (slowly walking through the woods watching for squirrels) and stand-hunting (sitting near food trees). Squirrel hunting with dogs has been gaining popularity in recent years. The best hunting with dogs generally occurs from November through February after the trees shed their leaves.

Squirrels are abundant in most areas where patches of woods are available. Excellent squirrel hunting can be found on many of TWRA's wildlife management areas.

Squirrel hunting is one of the best ways to introduce a young hunter to the outdoors and squirrels are known for their excellent table fare. Most recipe books have a variety of recipes for squirrel, with fried squirrel and squirrel and dumplings being two traditional southern favorites.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 August 2004 )

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