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Shooting Seasons

The majority of game can only be shot during specific times of the years to allow them to breed and successfully migrate to their wintering grounds.  A basic guide to the shooting seasons is given below.

 

GAMEBIRD & WATERFOWL OPEN SEASON:


Pheasant
1st October - 1st February

Partridge - Grey & Red-legged
1st September - 1st February

Red Grouse
12th August  - 10th December

Duck and Goose
1st September - 31st January (Inland)
1st September - 20th February (Below High Water Mark)

Common Snipe
12th August - 31st January

Woodcock
1st October - 31st January

 

 

GROUND GAME OPEN SEASON

 

Brown Hare


1st January - 31st December (England & Wales)
1st October - 31st January (Scotland)
12th August - 31st January (Northern Ireland)

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Rabbit

They have no closed season due to being considered a pest. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEER OPEN SEASONS



Roe Deer 

Bucks: 1st Apr-31st Oct (England and Wales)

1st April – 20th Oct (Scotland)

Does: 1st Nov-31st March (England and Wales)

21st Oct-31st March (Scotland)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Fallow Deer 

Bucks: 1st Aug-30th April 

Does: 1st Nov-31st March (England, Wales and N Ireland)

21stOct-15th Feb (Scotland)

 

 


 

 

 

 


Red Deer      

Stags 1st Aug-30th Apr (England, Wales and N Ireland)

1st July -20th Oct (Scotland)

 Hinds: 1st Nov-31st March (England, Wales and N Ireland)

  21st Oct-15th Feb (Scotland)



 


 

 

 

 

 


 


Sika Deer 

Stags: 1st Aug-30thApr (England, Wales, N. Ireland)

1st Jul - 20th Oct (Scotland)

Hinds: 1st Nov-31st March (England, Wales and N Ireland)

21st Oct-15th Feb (Scotland)

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Muntjac Deer

They have no closed season becuase they have the ability of breeding all year around, so a closed season to make sure they breed successfully is worthless. 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese Water Deer


Bucks & Does - 1st Novermber - 31st March

Note this is the only deer species were both sexes have the same closed season. This is because the sexes can not be easily told apart. Therefore the female can breed successfully without being mistaken for a male and being shot. 

 

 




 

 

 

For a colourful and instructive chart of all the seasons and when is best to source the meat please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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