Florida Gray Squirrel and Rabbit Hunting

 Small Game Hunting

Get started small-game hunting

Getting started in hunting is easier than you may think, and hunting gray squirrels or rabbits is the perfect way to begin. Hunting these species also provides a great opportunity for seasoned hunters to recruit new conservationists by passing on our hunting heritage to youth or adults new to hunting. It can even provide a window back into the outdoors for lapsed hunters with busy lifestyles.

Gray squirrel and rabbit hunting usually requires little planning and less gear than hunting other species. All you need is a little preparation, a place to go and a shotgun, .22-caliber rifle or airgun.

You can find good places to hunt close by on small tracts of private and public land, many of which are convenient to major urban areas. Florida’s public hunting system totals nearly 6 million acres with over 160 wildlife management areas (WMAs). Most of these WMAs offer a small-game hunting season where quota permits are not required. All you need is a hunting license and management area permit.

Here’s what you need to know to get started!


Information for
New Hunters


Hunting Season Dates and Bag Limits


Sign Up to Take a Hunter Safety Course



Buy Your Hunting License and Management Area Permit External Website


Tips on Hunting Gray Squirrels

Photo by: Jamie Adams

Tips on Rabbit Hunting

Photo by: Rouge Eye Photography


FWC Facts:
The Hunter Safety Mentoring exemption encourages experienced hunters to teach novice hunters about safety, ethics, wildlife, hunting skills and respect for Florida's outdoors.

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