Hunting Seasons

Hunting Seasons

Deer (Scotland)

Red Deer Stag: July 1st – October 20th.
Red Deer Hind: October 21st – February 15th.
Sika Deer Stag: July 1st – October 20th.
Sika Deer Hind: October 21st – February 15th.
Fallow Deer Buck: August 1st – April 30th.
Fallow Deer Doe: October 21st – February 15th.
Roe Deer Buck: April 1st – October 20th.
Roe Deer Doe: October 21st – March 31st.

Deer (England & Wales)

Red, Fallow, Sika Males: August 1st – April 30th
Red, Fallow Sika Females: November 1st – March 31st
Roe Deer Buck: April 1st – October 31st
Roe Deer Doe: November 1st – March 31st
Chinese Water Deer Male and Female: November 1st – March 31st
Muntjac Male and Female: No close season

Deer (Republic of Ireland)

Red, Fallow, Sika Males: Sep 1 – Dec 31 (exclusive of County Kerry)
Red, Fallow Sika Females: Nov 1 – Feb 29

Feathered Game (England, Wales & Scotland)

Grouse, Ptarmigan, Black game: August 12th – December 10th.
Grey Partridge & Red legged Partridge: September 1st – February 1st.
Pheasant: October 1st – February 1st.
Woodcock: (Scotland): September 1st – January 31st..
Woodcock ( England & Wales): October 1st -January 31st.
Common Snipe: August 12th – January 31st.
Duck & Goose (Inland): September 1st – January 31st.
Duck & Goose (Foreshore): September 1st – February 20th.

Feathered Game (Republic of Ireland)

Grouse: 1 sep – 30 sep
Red legged Partridge: Nov 1 – Jan 31
Pheasant:Nov 1 – Jan 31 (Cocks only)
Woodcock: Nov 1 – Jan 31
Common Snipe: Sep 1 – Jan 31
Golden Plover: Sep 1 – Jan 31
Canada Geese (Countrywide): Sep 1 – Oct 15
Greylag Geese (Countrywide): Sep 1 – Oct 15
Woodpigeon: Nov 1 – Jan 31 + crop protection all year
Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveler, Scaup, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Goldeneye, Jack Snipe, Ruddy Duck: Sep 1 – Jan 31

Small Game

Brown Hare; Mountain or blue Hare: no close season.
Rabbit: no close season
Wood Pigeon: no close season


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