Some Hunters Worry About Longer Squirrel Season

One of North Carolina's largest hunting groups is worried about a plan to extend squirrel hunting season.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that the North Carolina Wildlife Federation is concerned that extending the hunting season next year would leave baby squirrels as orphans in their nests.

The squirrel hunting season started Oct. 1 and runs to Feb. 13. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission wants to extend next year's season through the end of February.

Tim Gestwicki with the wildlife federation says female squirrels are nursing their babies in late February.

John Wooding with the wildlife commission says nursing mother squirrels are unlikely to leave their nests and won't be found by hunters. Wooding says current hunting affects only about 5 percent of the squirrel population.


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  • by C on Jan 23, 2010 at 05:36 AM
    Vance: I used a Crosman model 2100 rated at 755 feet per second for years and did a real job on the tree-rat population with it. Recently I upgraded to a break-barrel Crosman rated at 1,000 feet per second,and the squirrels were VERY impressed with it. In fact,they were rendered speechless. I've seen air rifles like the ones you mentioned in catalogs,but found them a bit cost-prohibitive for my budget. Out of curiosity though,where did you order yours from? Your posting has got me tempted to do a SERIOUS upgrade,budget or no budget.
  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:33 PM
    The season was set the way it was for a reason. The only good reason to change it would be if they've evaluated & seen the population is imbalanced & needs a further reduction (not uncommon, it happens). To the "who cares" post, the squirrels do... and anyone with half a brain about the environment. Don't forget, they were there before you were on this continent. To the ones looking down on the practice of eating them, get over it. It's a major part of the traditional Cherokee (& other woodland tribes) diet & there's nothing wrong with it. Game meat is far healthier than that garbage-fed trash on the market shelves. I'll take that any day over hormone & steroid filled cows, thanks. Re the spelling "opossum", it's also properly pronounced that way but as a regional thing it is often said "possum", so that doesn't matter. I think since Pete's comment was a humorous one about Beverly Hillbillies, it was typed correctly.
  • by Vance on Jan 22, 2010 at 03:37 PM
    Any sguirrel hunter that wants to have the most fun and perfect placement shot buy you an AirForce Condor in 22 caliber or the 25 Cal.They are both beast squirrel hunting but you can take out foxes and bobcats easy at 50Yards.I killed 2 deer with my 25caliber Condor Air Rifle this year and one with my 45.cal big bore 909s All one shot kills.This is my hobby and in this state it is not against the law.I have fire arms but it cost to much to shoot them!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:42 PM
    The hunters will not find the baby squirrels unless they shake them out of their nests. Even if they survive the hunters, then they face the male squirrels that kill them, predators, logging equipment, and the highways. Good luck baby squirrels.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:01 PM
    My favorite part of "that tree climbing rat" is the head, those two pieces of cheek meat and then the brain. Good stuff. My mother and grandma made the with plenty of gravy and smothered in onions, with rice or mash taters.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2010 at 12:57 PM
    lunacy.you may have left your banjo and before you comback with it, leave your self rightious egotistical yankee comments there.
  • by S HUNTER Location: WILLIAMSTON on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:53 AM
    My kids all started out squirrel hunting, and still do.We also kill to eat.Get it...... eat. Been in the meat business and believe me my kill is much more sanitary than your store bought meat.Food for thought @ the table discussion tonite. We're having squirrel tonite that were harvested this morning and you?
  • by to pete on Jan 22, 2010 at 09:37 AM
    it's spelled OPOSSUM...don't know why, just is
  • by lunacy on Jan 22, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    squirrel hunting? for real? and i left my banjo back at the trailer park. dang!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 22, 2010 at 08:18 AM
    What? not one word about a possum there Jethro.Granny won't know what to do with you there boy.
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