Make an effort to cook and share the meat you bring home from a hunt.
From Louisiana to Virginia, many Southern states have “spring” squirrel seasons in May and June. But don’t kid yourself: Summer starts early in this part of the country, and the heavy air will be about as pleasant as a gear-oilsoaked scarf. Still, heat and humidity aside, the squirrel hunting can be pretty good at this time of year.
Squirrels breed twice a year, and by now the pups born in the late winter are out of the nest, active—and very tender. Adults are feeling squirrelly again too, since the second “squirrel rut” takes place in early summer.
You won’t find summer squirrels scurrying high in the oaks or hickories now, though. Instead, focus your hunting efforts on soft mast. If you can find a ripe mulberry tree, plan on squirrels running amok as they search for fruit—and love. You just might have to shoot one in self-defense.