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Hunting

Small Game Hunting Seasons

2020–21 Small Game Hunting Seasons

Species (alphabetical)

Inclusive Dates

Hunting Hours

Daily Limits

Notes

Bobwhite (quail) Closed statewide; except at Peaslee & Greenwood WMA (see Notes)
At Peaslee & Greenwood WMAs ONLY: Nov. 7–Dec. 5; Dec. 14, 15, 17–31 to Jan. 31 (except Sundays)
Sunrise to ½ hour after sunset

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8 a.m. start on Nov. 7
Quail may be hunted ONLY at Peaslee and Greenwood Forest WMAs. Pheasant and Quail Stamp required.
Season closed in remainder of the state. (See exceptions under Semi-Wild and Commercial Preserve Hunting, Small Game Hunting Regulations.)
Coyote* and Fox*,GeneralAll coyote must be reported by 8:00 PM Bow and Arrow only:Oct. 3–Nov. 6Firearm or Bow and Arrow:
Nov. 7–Dec. 5; Dec. 14, 15 & 17–31 to Mar. 15 (except Sundays)
½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset

No limit

8 a.m. start on Nov. 7
Deer hunters may harvest coyote and fox during all open deer seasons with restrictions as specified under Small Game Hunting, Coyote and Fox, Small Game Hunting Regulations.
Rifle Permit required in possession when hunting with rifle (allowed only incidental to deer hunting).
Coyote* and Fox*, Special Permit Season All coyote must be reported by 8:00 PM Firearm or Bow and Arrow: Jan.1–Mar. 15 (except Sundays) (permit required) Permit holders may hunt day and night with certain restrictions; see Notes at right.
Sunday hunting for coyote/fox is not legal. All such hunting must end at 11:59 p.m. Saturday night and may resume at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning.

No limit

For complete details, and for when a permit is required, see
Small Game Hunting, Coyote and Fox, Small Game Hunting Regulations.Calling and standing hunting only.Predator calling device must be in possession.See Coyote/Fox Season table, Small Game Hunting Regulations, for firearm and ammo restrictions.
Rifle Permit required in possession when hunting with any legal rifle, allowed only during daytime hunting hours.
During night hunting (½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise), only 10–20 gauge shotguns are permitted. See pellet restrictions in table on Small Game Hunting Regulations. Coyote/fox Permit required.
Crow**(Mon., Thurs., Fri., Sat.) Aug. 10–Dec. 5** and
Dec. 14–Mar. 20 (See Notes.)
Sunrise to ½ hour after sunset

No limit

8 a.m. start on Nov. 7
Maximum shot size is #4
Grouse, Ruffed Closed statewide
No exceptions
Season closed

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Ruffed grouse may not be harvested anywhere in the state. See Small Game Hunting Regulations.
Opossum, Raccoon Oct. 1–Mar. 1 (except Sunday evenings) 1 hour after sunset to 1 hour before sunrise

No limit

Rifle Permit required when hunting with rifle.7:41 p.m. start on Oct. 1. Closed Dec. 7–12 & 16.
Pheasant & Partridge Nov. 7–Dec. 5; Dec. 14, 15 & 17–31 to Feb. 15 (except Sundays) Sunrise to ½ hour after sunset

Partridge — 7

Pheasant — 2

8 a.m. start on Nov. 7
Pheasant and Quail Stamp required on designated areas
(see Small Game Hunting Small Game Hunting Regulations).
Rabbit, Hare & Jackrabbit Sept. 26–Dec. 5; Dec. 14, 15 & 17–31 to Feb. 20 (except Sundays) Sunrise to ½ hour after sunset

Cottontail — 4

Hare — 1

Jackrabbit — 1

8 a.m. start on Nov. 7. Air guns are legal to harvest rabbits, hare and jackrabbit. See Rabbit and Hare, Small Game Hunting Regulations.
Squirrel, Gray Sept. 26–Dec. 5; Dec. 14, 15 & 17–31 to Feb. 20 (except Sundays) Sunrise to ½ hour after sunset

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8 a.m. start on Nov. 7. Air guns are legal to harvest squirrel.
See Squirrel, Regular Season Small Game Hunting Regulations.
Squirrel, Gray: Muzzleloading Rifle (.36 caliber or smaller) Sept. 26–Nov. 6 and Jan. 2–Feb. 20 (except Sundays) Sunrise to ½ hour after sunset

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Rifle permit required.Designated areas only (see Squirrel, ML Rifle Season Small Game Hunting Regulations).
Turkey (Fall, Either-Sex) (Period N) Oct. 24, 26–31 ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.

1 Turkey (either sex) per permit

Permit required. All Turkey Hunting Areas statewide are now open to fall hunting. See Fall & Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Regulations.
Turkey (Spring Gobbler) (Periods A to E) April 26–May 28, 2021 ½ hour before sunrise to noon; starting May 17, hours are ½ hour before sunrise to sunset

1 Male Turkey per permit

Permit required. See turkey hunting regulation, Fall & Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Regulations.
Turkey(Spring Gobbler, Youth) (Period Y) April 24–May 28, 2021 ½ hour before sunrise to noon; starting May 17, hours are ½ hour before sunrise to sunset

1 Male Turkey per permit

Permit required. See turkey hunting regulation, Fall & Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Regulations.
Woodchuck:Bow, Rifle or Shotgun Mar. 2–Sept. 30, 2020 (except Sun.)
Mar. 1–Sept. 29, 2021 (except Sun.)
Sunrise to ½ hour after sunset

No limit

Rifle Permit required when hunting with rifle.Rifle hunting prohibited on state property (see General Hunting Regulations and Woodchuck, Small Game Hunting Regulations).
Woodchuck:Bow or Shotgun Sept. 26–Dec. 5; Dec. 14, 15 & 17–31 to Feb. 15 (except Sundays) Sunrise to ½ hour after sunset

No limit

8 a.m. start on Nov. 7
Woodcock** North of Rt. 70: Oct. 17–31;
Nov. 3–28 (except Sundays)South of Rt. 70: Nov. 7–Dec. 1;
Dec. 17–Jan. 2, 2021 (except Sundays)
Sunrise to sunset

3 daily; 6 possession

HIP number required (see Migratory Bird Regulations).8 a.m. start on Nov. 7
Youth Turkey Day April 24, 2021 ½ hour before sunrise to noon

1 Male Wild Turkey

Permit required.
Youth Upland Bird Days Oct. 31 & Nov. 2–6 8 a.m. to sunset

Partridge — 7 Pheasant — 2 Quail — 4

Selected WMAs and licensed semi-wilds (see Take A Kid Hunting).

Woodchuck Season

Dates

Weapon Type Permitted

Gauge, Caliber or Weight

Projectile(s)

March 2 to Sept. 20, 2020
March 1 to Sept. 29, 2021
Center-fire rifle .25 caliber or less Hollow point, soft point or expanding lead core bullets of any weight.
Larger than .25 caliber Hollow point, soft point or expanding lead core bullets of any weight not exceeding 80 grains in weight.
Rim-fire rifle .25 caliber or less Hollow point or soft point of any weight not exceeding 50 grains in weight.
Muzzleloading rifle: single-shot, single barrel. Flintlock, percussion and in-line ignitions permitted. No restriction Must be loaded with a single projectile, either round ball or conical bullet.
Bow: long, recurve, compound or crossbow 35 pounds pull at archers draw length (long and recurve bows) or peak weight (compound bow); 75 pounds pull for crossbow Arrows must be fitted with a well-sharpened metal broadhead with a minimum width of ¾"
Shotgun: single or double barrel, rifled bore or smoothbore Not larger than 10 gauge, capable of holding no more than 3 shells Shot – sizes not larger than #4 fine shot
Sept. 26–Dec. 5 and Dec. 14, 15, 17–31, 2020
Jan. 1–Feb. 15, 2021
Bow: long, recurve, compound or crossbow 35 pounds pull at archers draw length (long and recurve bows) or peak weight (compound bow);
75 pounds pull for crossbow
Arrows must be fitted with a well-sharpened metal broadhead with a minimum width of ¾"
Shotgun: single or double barrel, rifled bore or smoothbore Not larger than 10 gauge, capable of holding no more than 3 shells Shot – sizes not larger than #4 fine shot

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