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Squirrel, black bass seasons open May 28

by News Tribune staff [email protected] | May 14, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is reminding hunters and anglers that squirrel and black bass seasons open May 28.

The hunting season on eastern gray and fox squirrels runs May 28 through Feb. 15, 2023. Allowed hunting methods include shotguns, rifles and other legal firearm methods, as well as archery equipment, slingshots or atlatls. Squirrels may also be taken 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 squirrel hunting, including the use of cage-style traps, is 10, and the possession limit is 20. Hunters must have a permit valid for hunting small game or be exempt.

More information on squirrel hunting and trapping is available at MDC's 2022 Summary of Missouri Hunting and Trapping Regulations,

Anglers may catch-and-keep black bass, such as largemouth, smallmouth, spotted/Kentucky bass, May 28 through Feb. 28, 2023. 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, and legal-sized bass may be kept all year from impoundments and streams with no closed season. In most state waters, the daily limit on black bass is six. 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.

Find more information on bass fishing in MDC's 2022 Summary of Missouri Fishing regulations, available where permits are sold or at

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