Small Game Regulations

Squirrel & Rabbit Regulations

License Requirements

Residents and Nonresidents: A hunting license (see Licenses & Permits) or proof of exemption.

Public Lands

Seasons on public lands may vary from statewide seasons. Consult public hunting lands special regulations.

Shooting Hours

One-half hour before official sunrise to official sunset.

Legal Means of Taking

Shotgun (conventional or muzzleloading), rifle (conventional or muzzleloading), handgun, archery equipment, legal raptors, hand-propelled missile, air-propelled missile and slingshot.

Hunter Orange

For hunter orange requirements, see Big Game Regulations.

Dates & Open Areas

Squirrel (Fox & Gray)

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Statewide.

Daily Limit

25 fox and gray squirrels combined per day, 50 in possession after the first day.

Dates & Open Areas

Rabbit (Cottontail, Swamp & Jackrabbit)

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Statewide, except no open season on jackrabbits east of Interstate 35.

Daily Limit

  • Cottontail: 10 daily, 20 in possession after the first day.
  • Swamp: Three daily, six in possession after the first day.
  • Jackrabbit: Three daily, six in possession after the first day, except Cimarron, Texas and Beaver counties are 10 daily, 20 in possession after the first day.

Prairie Dog Regulations

License Requirements

Residents and Nonresidents: A hunting license (see Licenses & Permits) or proof of exemption.

Shooting Hours

One-half hour before official sunrise to official sunset.

Legal Means of Taking

Shotgun (conventional or muzzleloading), rifle (conventional or muzzleloading), handgun, archery equipment, legal raptors, hand-propelled missile, air-propelled missile, slingshot and as otherwise provided under General Hunting Regulations.

Hunter Orange

For hunter orange requirements, see Big Game Regulations.

Dates & Open Areas

Prairie Dog

Open year-round, except it is unlawful to hunt, take or attempt to take prairie dogs from dark to daylight with the aid of any artificial light and/or any sight dog.

Limit

No daily, season or possession limit.