Small Game, Big Challenge

A squirrel on alert.

A squirrel on alert.

This is Passport to Texas

If you’re considering hunting for the first time, but feel intimidated when it comes to big game like deer …

Squirrel hunting is a very great way to introduce somebody to hunting whether they be a youth or an adult.

Heidi Rao is a Hunter Education specialist for Southeast Texas. Squirrel hunting may actually offer a more challenging and exciting overall experience.

Sometimes when you’re deer hunting, you might be sitting in a blind [for hours] just being quiet and waiting, and not see anything. But squirrel hunting, because it’s quick—meaning a lot of action in the field—if they take a shot, within a matter of often minutes, another one comes out. So, it’s a pretty high paced activity. You can really have an enjoyable outing.

Whether hunting big game or small, the same rules apply.

You do need your hunting license. And, if you’re required to take hunter education, you must have that as well. Anyone born after September 2nd 1971, to hunt in Texas, must have hunter education.

The specifics of squirrel hunting. That’s tomorrow.

The different counties have different dates in which you can legally hunt squirrel.

Download the Texas Outdoor Annual App for hunting information and regulations. Find it at the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

The Wildlife Restoration program supports our series, and works to increase shooting and hunting in Texas.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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