Tree Squirrel

Season Dates: Sept. 1, 2014 - Feb. 28, 2015
Open Area: Statewide
Daily Limit: 5
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.

By far the most common species in the state is the Eastern Fox Squirrel, found in all but the northwestern corner.

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.

License Requirements:

  • Residents = Small Game, or Combination, or Junior Combination, or Youth Small Game; or 1-Day Small Game
  • Nonresidents = Nonresident Small Game, or Nonresident Youth Small Game
  • Purchase a license online: Purchase and print off your license from the comfort of your home.
  • You may purchase your license by visiting these storefront license agents

Hunting Regulations: A summary of the rules and regulations that guide your hunt.

Public Hunting Areas: We offer over 1 million acres of Walk-In Areas (private land leased for public hunting) to supplement our many other public hunting opportunities. Not only can you access these maps, but we offer options to personalize maps to meet your needs and even download map information to your GPS unit