Tree Squirrel Hunting Season

Season Dates: Sept. 1, 2017 - Feb. 28, 2018

Daily Limit:


Possession Limit: 15

There are a variety of "tree" squirrels in the United States. In South Dakota you may find the Eastern Gray Squirrel along the eastern border of the state; the Red Squirrel in the far west; and the Northern Flying Squirrel in parts of the Black Hills.

Fox squirrels, according to GFP's Wild Mammals of South Dakota, are as likely to be found on the ground as in trees. They are common in more open areas, including open forests and woodlands, shelterbelts, and wooded strips along streams and rivers.

They may use a hole in a tree for a den, but often build large and well-insulated leaf nests.

They are most active after sunrise and in the late afternoon. In cold winters, they may shift their activity to midday.