For Immediate Release
Marc Puckett, 434-392-8328
NOTE: This news release was distributed on 5/29/2013. The information below may no longer be the most up-to-date information available, or may pertain solely to events that occurred in the past. Please contact the person listed as the contact person for this release for the most current information.
June Squirrel Season Opens on Private Lands and Selected WMAs June 1-15, 2013
Richmond, VA: Spring is a great time to be in the woods and beginning June 1, outdoor enthusiasts have an exciting opportunity to hunt gray and red squirrels statewide, unless otherwise posted, and on the following Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Wildlife Management Areas: Amelia, Big Survey, Big Woods, Briery Creek, Cavalier, Chickahominy, Dick Cross, Fairystone (including Fairystone State Park and Philpott Reservoir), Featherfin, Gathright, Goshen, Hardware River, Havens, Highland, Hog Island (Carlisle Tract only), Horsepen, James River, Lake Robertson, Little North Mountain, Mattaponi, Merrimac Farm, Pettigrew, Phelps, Powhatan (including the Goochland Tract), Rapidan, Short Hills, Stewarts Creek, G. Richard Thompson, Turkeycock Mountain, and White Oak Mountain.
Fox squirrels may also be harvested on all lands, unless otherwise posted, in all counties with an open fox squirrel season during the regular squirrel season and on the following wildlife management areas: Big Survey, Gathright, Goshen, Havens, Highland, Lake Robertson, Little North Mountain, Merrimac Farm, Phelps, Rapidan, Short Hills, Stewarts Creek, and G. Richard Thompson. Dogs may be used to hunt squirrels during the spring season. National Forest Lands are closed during the June season.
Stalking squirrels in the fall is a very popular activity by hunters. With excellent populations throughout the state wildlife biologists determined that it also makes biological sense to hunt them in the spring, too. "June is actually a month of peak squirrel populations, with many young squirrels born in late-winter are now out on their own. Virginia's squirrel population is robust and hunting has no negative impact on populations," said Marc Puckett, Statewide Quail and Small Game Project Leader. Milder temperatures and longer daylight hours, combined with leaf filled trees and active squirrels, also make it a great time to improve your hunting skills.
To learn more about hunting, fishing, boating and other outdoor opportunities in Virginia visit the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at: www.dgif.virginia.gov or www.HuntFishVA.com.