UK Game Seasons

And Deer Seasons

There are many game birds, wildfowl and mammals that can be shot legally within the UK. Seasons which restrict shooting of given creatures at certain times of year, and prohibit their hunting outside of these seasons, are in place to ensure numbers are not depleted.

These seasons differ across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the below can be used as a guideline for species-specific seasons. However, you should check locally before shooting anything which may have a closed season, as variations can occur.

Species England, Scotland, Wales Northern Ireland
Pheasant October 1st–February 1st October 1st–January 1st
Partridge September 1st–February 1st October 1st–January 31st
Grouse August 12th–December 10th August 12th–November 30th
Ptarmigan August 12th–December 10th
Blackgrouse August 20th–December 10th
Snipe August 12th–January 31st September 1st–January 31st
Jack Snipe Protected September 1st–January 31st
Woodcock October 1st–January 31st October 1st–January 31st
Woodcock (Scotland) September 1st–January 31st
Duck & Goose (Inland) September 1st–January 31st September 1st–January 31st
Duck & Goose (Below High Water Mark) September 1st–February 20th September 1st–January 31st
Coot / Moorhen September 1st–January 31st Protected
Golden Plover September 1st–January 31st September 1st–January 31st
Curlew Protected September 1st–January 31st
Hare Cannot be Sold March–July August 12th–January 31st
UK Deer Seasons
Species Sex England, N. Ireland, Wales Scotland
Red Stags August 1st–April 30th July 1st–October 20th
Hinds November 1st–March 31st October 21st–February 15th
Fallow Bucks August 1st–April 30th August 1st–April 30th
Does November 1st–March 31st October 21st–February 15th
Sika Stags August 1st–April 30th July 1st–October 20th
Hinds November 1st–March 31st October 21st–February 15th
Roe Bucks April 1st–October 31st April 1st–October 20th
Does November 1st–March 31st October 21st–March 31st
Red / Sika Hybrids Stags August 1st–April 30th (NI Only) July 1st–October 20th
Hinds November 1st–March 31st (NI Only) October 21st–February 15th
Chinese Water Deer Bucks November 1st–March 31st
Does November 1st–March 31st
Muntjac No Closed Season