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Game seasons

Contents

Game birds. 1

Wildfowl and Waders. 1

Ground Game. 2

Deer. 3

Wild Boar. 3

 

Game birds

Species

England, Wales and Scotland

Northern Ireland

Pheasant

Oct 1 - Feb 1

Oct 1 - Jan 31

Grey Partridge

Sep 1 - Feb 1

Sep 1- Jan 31

Red-legged Partridge

Sep 1 - Feb 1

Sep 1- Jan 31

Red Grouse

Aug 12 - Dec 10

Aug 12 - Nov 30

Black Grouse

Aug 20 - Dec 10

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Ptarmigan

Aug 12 - Dec 10

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Additional restrictions

England and Wales

No game may be killed on Sundays or Christmas Day

Game may not be shot between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise. 

 

Scotland

Game may not be shot between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise. 

 

Northern Ireland

All wild birds are protected on Sundays and Christmas Day.

Wild birds may not be shot between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise. 

 

Wildfowl, Geese and Waders

Species

England, Wales and Scotland

Northern Ireland

Duck & Goose

inland

Sep 1 - Jan 31

Sep 1 - Jan 31

Duck & Goose  

below High Water Mark

Sep 1 - Feb 20

Sep 1 - Jan 31

Common Snipe

Aug 12 - Jan 31

Sep 1 - Jan 31

Woodcock

 

Oct 1 - Jan 31

Sep 1 - Jan 31 (Scotland)

Oct 1 - Jan 31

Golden Plover

Sep 1 - Jan 31

Sep 1 - Jan 31

Coot & Moorhen

Sep 1 - Jan 31

Protected

 

 

Additional restrictions

England and Wales

Sunday shooting of wildfowl is not permitted in the following counties or county boroughs: Anglesey, Brecknock, Caernarvon, Carmarthen, Cardigan, Cornwall, Denbigh, Devon, Doncaster, Glamorgan, Great Yarmouth County Borough, Isle of Ely, Leeds County Borough, Merioneth, Norfolk, Pembroke, Somerset, North and West Ridings of Yorkshire.

Scotland

Wildfowl may not be shot on Sunday or Christmas Day

Northern Ireland

All wild birds are protected on Sundays and Christmas Day

Wild birds may not be shot between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise. 

 

Ground Game

Species

England, Wales & Scotland

Northern Ireland

 

Brown Hare (E&W)

Brown Hare (Scotland)

Mountain Hare (Scotland)

Jan 1 – Dec 31

Oct 1 - Jan 31

Aug 1 - Feb 28/29

Aug 12 - Jan 31

 

Rabbit

Jan 1 – Dec 31

No close season

 

 

Additional restrictions

 

England and Wales

In England and Wales ground game can only be killed with firearms on moorland or unenclosed land between 11 December and 31 March.

 

Northern Ireland

Irish Hare is fully protected under a Special Protection Order which has to be renewed regularly.

Ground game may not be shot between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise. 

  

Deer

Species

England, Wales
& Northern Ireland

Scotland

 

 Males

Females

 Males

Females

Red

Aug 1st - April 30th

Nov 1st - Mar 31

July 1st - Oct 20th

Oct 21st - Feb 15th

Fallow

Aug 1st - April 30th

Nov 1st - Mar 31st

 Aug 1st - April 30th

Oct 21st - Feb 15th

Sika

 Aug 1st - April 30th

Nov 1st - Mar 31st

 July 1st - Oct 20th

Oct 21st - Feb 15th

Roe

April 1st - Oct 31st

Nov 1st - Mar 31st

April 1st - Oct 20th

Oct 21st - March 31st

Chinese Water Deer

Nov 1st - Mar 31st

Nov 1st - Mar 31st

 

Muntjac 

No Close Season

 

No Close Season

 

 

 

Additional restrictions

England, Wales and Scotland

Deer may not be shot between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise. 

Northern Ireland

Deer may not be shot between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise. 

 

Wild Boar

No statutory close season, but culling should not include sows with dependant offspring