In my part of Virginia, it starts on Sept 4th. The three reasons I like squirrel hunting: 1. Good warm-up from the off-season before going after the bigger game. 2. Usually a decent chance of success. 3. Best of all, you can hunt in light clothing, not freeze your patootie off like during late deer season. I use either a 20ga Mossberg 500 pump shotgun, or a peep-sighted Ruger 10/22. Anyone else?