Game Seasons

GAME SEASONS

The following list details game opening and closing dates for all wildfowl and deer in the UK.

Game & Wildfowl Start of season End of season
       
Pheasant England, Scotland, Wales 1 October 1 February
Pheasant N. Ireland, cocks only 1 October 31 January
Partridge   1 September 1 February
Grouse England, Scotland, Wales 12 August 10 December
Grouse N. Ireland 12 August 30 November
Common Snipe  England, Scotland, Wales 12 August 31 January
Common Snipe N. Ireland 1 September 31 January
Jack Snipe N. Ireland only 1 September 31 January
Woodcock England, Wales, N. Ireland 1 October 31 January
Woodcock Scotland 1 September 31 January
Duck & Goose Inland - England, Scotland, Wales 1 September 31 January
Duck & Goose Foreshore - England, Scotland, Wales 1 September 20 February
Duck & Goose Inland/Foreshore - N. Ireland 1 September 31 January
Coot   1 September 31 January
Moorhen   1 September 31 January
Golden Plover   1 September 31 January
Curlew N. Ireland only 1 September 31 January
Hare Shooting England, Scotland, Wales 1 August 29 February
Hare Shooting N. Ireland 12 August 31 January
       
Deer    
       
Red deer stags England, Wales, N. Ireland 1 August 30 April
Red deer stags Scotland 1 July 20 October
Red deer hinds England, Wales 1 November 31 March
Red deer hinds N. Ireland 1 November 28 February
Red deer hinds Scotland 21 October 15 February
       
Fallow bucks England, Wales, N. Ireland, Scotland 1 August 30 April
Fallow does England, Wales 1 November 31 March
Fallow does N. Ireland 1 November 28 February
Fallow does Scotland 21 October 15 February
       
Sika stags England, Wales, N. Ireland 1 August 30 April
Sika stags Scotland 1 July 20 October
Sika hinds England, Wales 1 November 31 March
Sika hinds N. Ireland 1 November 28 February
Sika hinds Scotland 21 October 15 February
       
Roe bucks England, Wales 1 April  31 October
Roe bucks Scotland 1 April  20 October
Roe does England, Wales 1 November 31 March
Roe does Scotland 21 October 31 March
       
Red/Sika hybrid stags England, Wales, N. Ireland 1 August 30 April
Red/Sika hybrid stags Scotland 1 July 20 October
Red/Sika hybrid hinds England, Wales 1 November 31 March
Red/Sika hybrid hinds N. Ireland 1 November 28 February
Red/Sika hybrid hinds Scotland 21 October 15 February
       
Chinese water deer bucks England only 1 November 31 March
Chinese water deer does England only 1 November 31 March
       
Muntjac
(not currently found in N Ireland)
There is no statutory closed season for this species. It is recommended that when culling female muntjac, immature or heavily pregnant does are selected to avoid leaving dependent young