If you consider yourself a squirrel hunter, then circle Oct. 13 on your calendar. That’s when the gray squirrel season opens throughout Florida on private lands.
In previous years, the squirrel season always opened in early November. Last spring, however, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) decided to provide squirrel hunters another month of hunting, similar to dates in other southeastern states. The change came after the 2012-13 hunting dates had gone to the printer.
“This change means more opportunity for squirrel hunters,” said Paul Scharine, FWC public hunting areas biologist. “The message we’re trying to get out is this change only applies to private property.”
For hunting dates on public lands, Scharine said hunters should consult the printed 2012-13 wildlife management area (WMA) regulations or go online for specific area dates at MyFWC.com/Hunting and select “WMA Brochures.”
The daily bag limit is 12 gray squirrels.