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    Trey Graham and dog Leo with three squirrels they killed after they treed seven.

    Spring squirrels, take 3

    In 2015, Mississippi squirrel hunters had their first opportunity to hunt in a spring season. Going into the third year, it appears that it is a slowly developing and acquired taste.

    Only a small percentage of squirrel hunters have taken full advantage of the May 15-June 1 opportunity.

    May 12 at 6:00am
    Green grass next to heavy cover is an excellent place to ambush rabbits once the dogs get them running.

    More facts on rabbits

    Female cottontail rabbits are called does, and they begin breeding in January and continue through September, with litter sizes ranging from four to five young. A single doe may add 20 to 25 young to the population in a single year. Gestation for the cottontail is 28 days, and the female may rebreed while still nursing young. The average age of a wild cottontail is 15 months.

    February 15 at 7:00am
    February is prime time for rabbit and goose hunters in Mississippi, which offers up a daily double for hunters in the Delta.

    Smaller, but tasty

    February is small-game month in most of Mississippi, a time for rabbit and squirrel hunters to hit the fields and woods in a search for ingredients for a pot of gumbo, sauce piquant, dumplings or just plain ol’ fried happiness.

    February 08 at 10:10am
    Coyotes are considered a predator on wild turkey in Mississippi, and in February will share the focus of the MDWFP's Habitat and Predator Management Month.

    MDWFP: February is habitat and predator management month

    A targeted campaign addressing wildlife habitat management and predator control is being conducted in February by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

    February 01 at 4:20pm
    A new hunter must learn it is to trust his dogs and allow them to do their work.

    All the rabbits run — Best rabbit-hunting tactics

    When it comes to rabbits, it’s best to forget fairy tales and think furry tails.

    Long the icon of nursery rhyme cuteness, a rabbit’s biggest fan is the modern hound-owning rabbit hunter.

    February 01 at 7:00am
    Seven guided squirrel hunts, including firearm and wildlife instruction, will be held around Mississippi on Feb. 11.

    Seven youth squirrel hunts set Feb. 11

    Seven youth squirrel hunts have been scheduled around Mississippi on Feb. 11, all geared around introducing new hunters to the thrill of hunting small game with dogs.

    January 25 at 2:45pm
    A 22 long rifle, such as this Browning T-Bolt, remains a top choice of squirrel hunters.

    Air rifles for tree rats

    Little-known fact: The Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803 used an air rifle to harvest game and keep hostile peoples at bay. 

    October 15, 2016 at 7:00am
    Hunters rarely get a clean shot such as this, but when two are hunting together, pulling a vine or shaking a limb can force a squirrel to move and make a fatal error.

    What about bots in squirrels?

    Bot Fly infestations affect squirrels and other mammals such as cattle and deer. Perhaps because of a squirrel’s size, the bot just seems larger and can be a turnoff to many hunters.

    October 15, 2016 at 7:00am

    Ticks are no joke

    We’ve all shown up at the camp and just hit the woods to slip around and bag a squirrel or two without a thought to dangers posed by ticks.

    October 14, 2016 at 6:00am
    Snakes are likely to be out during the early season, so you need to wear snake boots when sneaking up on squirrels.

    Tips for early squirrels

    There are squirrel hunters who hit the woods a couple times each season and knock down a handful of tree rats. And then there are those who are just eaten up with the sport.

    October 14, 2016 at 6:00am
    When a squirrel spots danger, such as a hunter, it has an uncanny ability to make itself a part of the tree. This Pearl River cat squirrel was crossing a slough on a river birch limb when shot with a camera rather than a gun.

    Tree rat treasures — Best public lands for squirrel hunting

    Squirrel hunting was once the icon shooting sport in Mississippi, but its popularity was greatly diminished during the white-tailed deer population explosion of the latter 20th century.

    Despite a slight resurgence in the last decade, it’s unlikely that the sport will ever be celebrated with the ardor it once was.

    That is a shame.

    October 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Mississippi's statewide youth season opens Saturday (Sept. 24) for hunters aged 15 and under, accompanied by a licensed or exempt adult over the age of 21. The regular season opens Oct. 1 for all hunters.

    Youth squirrel hunt opens Saturday

    Tim Spencer had a hard time measuring just how long he’s been waiting for Saturday (Sept. 24) to arrive.

    September 23, 2016 at 11:45am
    Since adult crows can eat up to 15 pounds of pecans apiece in a month, owners of commercial pecan groves despise the big black birds. Hunters can usually gain access to the groves to hunt the birds, simply by being courteous and promising to leave nothing behind but footprints.

    Crow, snipe can be fun

    Two birds that give hunters some entertaining and offbeat opportunities — crow and snipe — are legal to hunt through Feb. 28.

    February 17, 2016 at 2:00pm
    Be careful and stay well hidden and well camouflaged, and you’ll probably see the number of squirrels you kill on post-deer season trips go up.

    Treat squirrels with more respect, you’ll kill more

    “I don’t understand it. I see plenty of squirrels when I’m deer hunting, but once deer season is over and I go after squirrels, they just don’t seem to be around.” 

    February 16, 2016 at 6:30am
    Treetop squirrels can be tricky.

    Squirrel and rabbit hunting, one more time

    It is definitely not time to put away your shotgun or .22 rimfire rifle.

    February 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Using an ATV for an elevated shooting position while rabbit hunting is legal, according to the MDWFP law enforcement chief. However, at no time with the motor running is a hunter allowed to have a loaded firearm in his/her hands.

    ATVs for rabbits: Toeing fine line of legality

    In Mississippi, according to the law, hunting from a motorized vehicle is illegal, which, with rabbit season opening Oct. 18 will soon come into play.

    October 15, 2015 at 5:00pm