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Hunting seasons in the UK

Hunting seasons in the UK

Here is our guide to UK hunting seasons for shooting birds, small game (driven and walked up) and stalking deer. Remember dates can vary by owner and local bylaws, so always check with the venue before booking your trip. Our guide covers:

  • Hunting seasons in England
  • Hunting seasons in Wales
  • Hunting seasons in Scotland
  • Hunting seasons in Northern Ireland
  • Hunting seasons on the Isle of Man

Before you book, take a look at our location and method guides and reviews of venues from people who have already hunted there.

 

Hunting seasons in England

Hunting seasons for Birds:

  • Pheasant: October – January
  • Partridge (Grey and Red Legged): September - January
  • Red Grouse:  August - December
  • Duck/Goose: September - January
  • Woodcock: October – January
  • Woodpigeon: All year

Hunting seasons for Small Game:

  • Rabbit: All year
  • Hare (Brown): All year (some exceptions)

Hunting seasons for Deer:

  • Red Deer (Stag): August - April
  • Red Deer (Hinds): November - March
  • Roe (Buck): April - October
  • Roe (Doe): November - March
  • Fallow (Buck): August - April
  • Fallow (Doe): November - March
  • Sika Deer (Stag): August - April
  • Sika Deer (Hind): November - March
  • Muntjac: All year
  • Chinese Water Deer (Buck): November - March
  • Chinese Water Deer (Doe): November – March

With Wild Boar now establishing themselves in viable populations in several parts of Southern England there is an increasing amount of Wild Boar hunting on offer. Boar do not have any close season so you just need to get permission to hunt from the landowner.


Hunting seasons in Wales

Hunting seasons for Birds:

  • Pheasant: October – January
  • Partridge (Grey and Red Legged): September - January
  • Red Grouse:  August - December
  • Duck/Goose: September - January
  • Woodcock: October – January
  • Woodpigeon: All year

Hunting seasons for Small Game:

  • Rabbit: All year
  • Hare (Brown): All year (some exceptions)

Hunting seasons for Deer:

  • Red Deer (Stag): August - April
  • Red Deer (Hinds): November - March
  • Roe (Buck): April - October
  • Roe (Doe): November - March
  • Fallow (Buck): August - April
  • Fallow (Doe): November - March
  • Sika Deer (Stag): August - April
  • Sika Deer (Hind): November - March
  • Muntjac: All year

 

Hunting seasons in Scotland

Hunting seasons for Birds:

  • Pheasant: October – January
  • Partridge (Grey and Red Legged): September - January
  • Grouse:  August - December
  • Duck/Goose: September - January
  • Woodcock: October - January
  • Woodpigeon: All year

Hunting seasons for Small Game:

  • Rabbit: All year (some exceptions)
  • Hare (Brown): October - January
  • Hare (Mountain): August - February

Hunting seasons for Deer:

  • Red Deer (Stag): July - October
  • Red Deer (Hinds): October - February
  • Roe (Buck): April - October
  • Roe (Doe): October - March
  • Fallow (Buck): August - April
  • Fallow (Doe): November - March
  • Sika Deer (Stag): July - October
  • Sika Deer (Hind): October - February

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Hunting seasons in Northern Ireland

Hunting seasons for Birds:

  • Pheasant: October – January
  • Partridge (Grey and Red Legged): September - January
  • Grouse:  August - December
  • Duck/Goose: September - January
  • Woodcock: October - January
  • Woodpigeon: All year

Hunting seasons for Small Game:

  • Rabbit: All year (pest)
  • Hare (Brown): August - January

Hunting seasons for Deer:

  • Red Deer (Stag): August - April
  • Red Deer (Hinds): November - March
  • Fallow (Buck): August - April
  • Fallow (Doe): November - March
  • Sika Deer (Stag): August - April
  • Sika Deer (Hind): November - March

 

Hunting seasons on the Isle of Man

There is currently a voluntary ban on shooting Red Grouse on the Isle of Man. Geese can only be shot under general licence under the Wildlife Act 1990. There is no Deer or Wild Boar hunting on the Isle of Man.

  • Pheasant: October – January
  • Partridge (Grey): Banned
  • Partridge Red Legged: September - January
  • Grouse:  August - October* (voluntary ban in place)
  • Duck: September - January
  • Goose: July - March
  • Woodcock: October – January
  • Rabbit: All year (pest)
  • Brown/Common Hare: October – January
  • Woodpigeon: All year

 

Do I need a game licence?

A game licence to kill or take game is not required in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. However, in Scotland, you will need a venison dealer’s licence if you want to deal in venison, although deerstalkers can sell their venison direct to a venison dealer without the need for a licence.

Can I hunt on Sundays or on Christmas Day?

No game may be killed or taken in any county in England and Wales on a Sunday or on Christmas Day. Game meaning: Pheasant, Partridge, Red Grouse, Black Grouse and Hare. In Scotland, there are no statutory restrictions on the killing of game on a Sunday or Christmas Day but it is not customary to do so.

 


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