Lately on New England roads, the squirrels have been playing a real life game of Frogger and losing. Well we may start to see the squirrel road kill begin to dwindle because of a new threat.

The squirrel population has been booming because of the the abundance of acorns that dropped last season. All those squirrels are now trying to get a nut and there aren't as many around this year, so they're willing to cross the road to store up for the winter and that doesn't always work out well. But now the squirrels will have another thing to avoid.

According to NH1, squirrel hunting season has now started in New Hampshire and runs until January 31. Here in Maine, the gray squirrel hunting season starts October 1 and runs until December 31. If you hunt with a falcon, you can continue hunting squirrel until February 28.

Unless you're an avid Maine outdoorsman, you're probably pretty surprised that you can hunt squirrel and especially with a bird. There's actually a lot of common animals that have hunting seasons in Maine. Here's a list.

  • Pheasant
  • Ruffed Grouse (Partridge)
  • Bobwhite Quail
  • Crow
  • Gray Squirrel
  • Snowshoe hair (rabbit)
  • Bobcat
  • Raccoon
  • Skunk
  • Opossum
  • Coyote
  • Woodchuck
  • Red Squirrel
  • Porcupine

We're not sure how much this will have an effect, but if you're a squirrel hunter, this season it looks like easy pickings.