Last Updated on February 15, 2023 by Brian Grossman
If you’re looking for information on the Louisiana squirrel season, you’ve come to the right place. Louisiana hunters are fortunate to have two squirrel seasons covering nearly half of the year! That means lots of opportunities to get out of the house and into the woods to hone your woodsmanship skills, practice shooting, and put some excellent game meat on your table if your aim is true.
Fun Fact: According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, about 50,000 squirrel hunters harvest about 750,000 squirrels in Louisiana each year.
If you’re interested in hunting Louisiana squirrels this season, we’ve provided all the necessary information below to ensure you’re legal and to give you your best odds for success.
2022-2023 Louisiana Squirrel Season Dates
|Squirrel Season||Season Dates||Daily Bag Limit|
|Fall Season||Oct. 1, 2022 - Feb. 28, 2023||8|
|Spring Season||May 6-28, 2023*||3|
*Spring squirrel season is CLOSED on the Kisatchie National Forest, some national wildlife refuges, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property, and some state WMAs.
Louisiana’s Squirrel Hunting Regulations
Squirrel Hunting License Requirements
Residents and nonresident hunters age 18 or older must have a Basic Hunting License to hunt squirrels. You can purchase your license online through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Hunters born on or after September 1, 1969, must complete a Hunter Education course approved by LDWF before hunting unsupervised.
Louisiana Squirrel Season Bag Limit
The daily bag limit for Louisiana’s fall squirrel season is 8, and the possession limit is 24. During the spring season, the daily bag limit is just 3 squirrels, with a possession limit of 9.
Legal Shooting Hours
Louisiana hunters can shoot squirrels from one half-hour before sunrise until one half-hour after sunset.
Legal Squirrel Hunting Weapons
- Rimfire firearms .22 caliber or smaller.
- Muzzleloading firearms .36 caliber or smaller.
- Legal archery gear
- Air rifles
Wolves in Squirrels
A lot of hunters won’t go out early in the Louisiana squirrel season due to the presence of wolves, or warbles, on the squirrels. Wolves are the larvae of bot flies, which lay their eggs on vegetation in the woods. When a squirrel comes in contact with the larvae, the larvae grab onto the squirrel and burrow under the skin.
Squirrels with wolves, or warbles, will have large lumps on the skin where the bot fly larvae are burrowed underneath. It’s not pretty, but wolves have no negative impact on the meat of the squirrel.
So don’t let the thought of wolves keep you from hitting the woods this October in pursuit of a limit of bushytails. Not only will it give you an opportunity to hone your shooting skills before deer season, but it can provide excellent table fare as well.
Louisiana Squirrel Hunting Video
Here’s a great video from Pelican Bone Outdoors of some early Louisiana squirrel season hunting to get you in the mood to chase some bushytails!
Louisiana Squirrel Season FAQs
Do you need a hunting license to hunt squirrels in Louisiana?
Yes. All resident and nonresident hunters age 18 and older must have a General Hunting License to hunt squirrels in Louisiana.
When can you squirrel hunt in Louisiana?
Louisiana has a fall and a spring squirrel season. For 2022-2023, the fall squirrel season runs October 1 through February 28, and the spring squirrel season is May 6-28.
What is the limit on squirrels in Louisiana?
The daily bag limit for squirrels during Louisiana’s fall season is 8, with a possession limit of 24. For the spring season, the daily bag limit is 3, with a possession limit of 9.