SQUIRREL AND BLACK BASS SEASONS OPEN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missourians that squirrel and black bass seasons open Saturday, May 25.

The open season on eastern gray and fox squirrels runs through February 15, 2020. Allowed hunting methods are shotguns, rifles and other legal firearm methods, as well as archery equipment, slingshots or atlatls. The daily limit for hunting and trapping is 10 and the possession limit is 20. Squirrels also may be harvested with cage-type traps as long as hunters have valid permits.

Anglers may catch and keep black bass, such as large-mouth, small-mouth and spotted/Kentucky bass, through February 29, 2020, 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 long from impoundments statewide. 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 specific regulations may apply to specific waters or areas.

In each case, a permit is required.

For more information and regulations about either season, visit MDC’s website at www.mdc.mo.gov.

Photo provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation.