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No September start to Squirrel Season

The proposed September start date for the 2013 Squirrel season has not been accepted. The adopted seasons as sent out in the latest press release are:

<span style="font-style: italic">SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license, and mentored youth Ė Oct. 12-18 (6 daily).

SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Oct. 19-Nov. 30; Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 22 (6 daily).</span>

Does anyone know why the propsed September start date was NOT adopted?
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Re: No September start to Squirrel Season

Because God forbid anything ever change for the better in this state
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Re: No September start to Squirrel Season

Nice start date....fewer warbles and much nicer in the woods....tho Oct. 1 might be better, on general principles.

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wouldn't matter to me either way. it ain't squirrel season til theres a chill in the air and some color to the leaves.

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Was looking to take my Son out before I am distracted by all the other seasons... too bad...
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Re: No September start to Squirrel Season

Probably cause of too many bawl babies who think they own the woods didn't want it. That is about the only good thing that I saw for a long time from the Game Commission. Guess I should have known they wouldn't go through with it. Anything they decide to do anymore just turns more hunters away. They couldn't do something to make a person glad they bought their liscense.

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Disappointed about it, but am hopeful they will consider it again next year.

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Re: No September start to Squirrel Season

Do any of you think that maybe kids, or anyone else, shooting lactating squirrels might not be the best thing for the future of the resource or for hunting.

It sure seems to me there are just a lot of hunters today that donít give a darn about the resource as long as they can go ahead and hunt when it best suits them.

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Re: No September start to Squirrel Season

NY, Ohio and I'm certain other states surrounding PA have squirrel starts as early as Sept 1. No shortage of squirrels where I hunt those states.
I guess it's just PA squirrels that are susceptible to earlier season hunting. Underutilized species, produce several litters a year, populations at all-time highs. Yep, sounds like a vulnerability to me.
Many would argue that shooting sows with 40 pound cubs isn't the BEST for the resource either, but PA permits that.
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Re: No September start to Squirrel Season

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Do any of you think that maybe kids, or anyone else, shooting lactating squirrels might not be the best thing for the future of the resource or for hunting.

It sure seems to me there are just a lot of hunters today that donít give a darn about the resource as long as they can go ahead and hunt when it best suits them.

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The late season has the same lactating issue from about January 14th forward.

If I have it figured correct, a grey squirrel bred on June 30th (last day of the May/June breeding period) will give birth (44 days) about Aug 13th. 7 weeks lactating pushes that out to Oct 1st. The squirrels are weaned 3 weeks before they leave the nest. So, that places the completely safe for the resource zone at about the 3rd week of October.

We have other states who have earlier than mid October starts. West Virginia, about Sept 10th. Virginia, Sept 1st. What resource impact is taking place in those working examples?

In colonial Virgina, so many squirrel hides were required of a landowner as part of their tax assessment. Squirrels were seen as a pest... a rodent, that required control.











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