The game shooting season - a guide

The Shooting Season Calendar

Below are basic details of the open shooting seasons for Game, Wildfowl and Deer. This is general information and restrictions regarding specific land rights, sale of quarry, individual types within species, and Sunday and Christmas Day shooting regulations apply.

R. Ward Gunmakers recommends visiting The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) website for more detailed information.

 

Game & Wildfowl - Open season inclusive dates

SpeciesEngland, Scotland & WalesNorthern Ireland
Pheasant Oct 1 - Feb 1 Oct 1 - Jan 31
Partridge Sept 1 - Feb 1 Sept 1- Jan 31
Red Grouse Aug 12 - Dec 10 Aug 12 - Nov 30
Black Grouse
Aug 20 - Dec 10
Sept 1 - Dec 10
(Somerset, Devon & New Forest only)

Ptarmigan (Scotland only)

Aug 12 - Dec 10


Common Snipe Aug 12 - Jan 31 Sept 1 - Jan 31
Jack Snipe Total protection
Sept 1 - Jan 31
Woodcock(Eng, Wales, NI) Oct 1- Jan 31 Oct 1 - Jan 31
Woodcock (Scotland only) Sept 1 - Jan 31
Duck & Goose (Inland)
Sept 1 - Jan 31 Sept 1 - Jan 31
Duck & Goose (Below High Water Mark of normal spring tides) Sept 1 - Feb 20 Sept 1 - Jan 31
Coot/Moorhen Sept 1 - Jan 31 Total protection
Golden Plover Sept 1 - Jan 31 Sept 1 - Jan 31
Hare (land & sale restrictions apply)

Jan 1 - Dec 31 restricted
Oct 1 - Jan 31 open
(Scotland only)

Aug 12 - Jan 31

There are a number of restrictions on the types of ducks and geese which can be shot in the UK and habitat for hares in England and Wales. Regulations and dates also differ for the Isle of Man. For detailed information visit The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) website.

 

Deer - open season inclusive dates

SpeciesEngland, Wales
& N.Ireland
Scotland          
Red Deer


Stags Aug 1 - April 30 July 1 - Oct 20
Hinds Nov 1 - Mar 31
Oct 21 - Feb 15
Fallow Deer


Bucks Aug 1 - April 30 Aug 1 - April 30
Does Nov 1 - Mar 31
Oct 21 - Feb 15
Sika Deer


Stags Aug 1 - April 30 July 1 - Oct 20
Hinds Nov 1 - Mar 31
Oct 21 - Feb 15
Red/Sika

Stags Aug 1 - April 30 July 1 - Oct 20
Hinds Nov 1 - Mar 31
Oct 21 - Feb 15
Roe


Buck April 1 - Oct 31 April 1 - Oct 20
Does Nov 1 - Mar 31
Oct 21 - March 31
Chinese Water Deer (England only)


Bucks
Nov 1 - Mar 31
Does Nov 1 - Mar 31


Muntjac

According to BASC, Muntjac season is year-round. However, BASC recommends that when culling female muntjac immature or heavily pregnant does are selected to avoid leaving dependent young.

 

Author: Peter Brill

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