Memorial Day weekend brings an extra-special celebration for squirrel hunters and bass anglers in Missouri.
The Saturday of this fourth weekend in May — May 23 this year — is when squirrel season opens and when anglers can keep legal-sized bass in most southern Missouri streams.
Hunters can pursue fox and gray squirrels from May 23 through Feb. 15, 2016, with rifles, shotguns, archery equipment, or atlatls.
Summer foliage makes rifle shots more difficult than in late fall and winter, when leaves no longer obscure a shooter’s view. As a result, shotguns are the preferred method for many hunters during the early part of the season.