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Game Seasons - UK

 

 

Wild game can only be shot during certain times of the year and for many species there is a close season during which time it is illegal to shoot them. This is to ensure that the species continue to flourish and are not hunted to extinction. However, it should be remembered that lots of wild game is now available frozen throughout the year.   Below is a chart showing the shooting seasons.

 

 

Type   Season Start  Season End
Coot UK 1st Sep 31st Jan
Curlew Northern Ireland 1st Sep 31st Jan
Deer - see Venison      
Duck & Goose Inland - England, Scotland, Wales 1st Sep 31st Jan
Duck & Goose Foreshore - England, Scotland, Wales 1st Sep 20th Feb
Duck & Goose Inland/Foreshore - Northern Ireland 1st Sep 31st Jan
Golden Plover UK 1st Sep 31st Jan
Grouse England, Scotland, Wales 12th Aug 10th Dec
Grouse Northern Ireland 12th Aug 30th Nov
Hare Shooting  England, Scotland, Wales 1st Aug  29th Feb
Hare Shooting  Northern Ireland 12th Aug  31st Jan 
NB   Irish hares in Northern Ireland have been subject to temporary Special Protection Orders (SPOs) which prohibit the killing or taking, or the sale or purchase of hares.  The current special protection order will run until 31 March 2009
Jack Snipe Northern Ireland only 1st Sep 31st Jan
Moorhen UK 1st Sep 31st Jan
Partridge UK 1st Sep 1st Feb
Pheasant England, Scotland and Wales 1st Oct  1st Feb
Pheasant Northern Ireland, cocks only 1st Oct 31st Jan
Ptarmigan (only found in Scotland) 12th Aug 10th Dec
Quail UK All year  
Rabbit UK All year  
Snipe - common England, Scotland, Wales 12th Aug 31st Jan
Snipe  - common Northern Ireland 1st Sep 31st Jan
Venison - Fallow, Red and Roe are species of deer
Venison - Fallow bucks UK 1st Aug  30th Apr 
Venison - Fallow does England, Wales, Northern Ireland 1st Nov  28th Feb 
Venison - Fallow does Scotland 21st Oct  15th Feb 
Venison - Red deer hinds  England, Wales, Northern Ireland 1st Nov 28th Feb 
Venison - Red deer hinds  Scotland 21st Oct  15th Feb 
Venison - Red deer stags England, Wales, Northern Ireland 1st Aug  30th Apr 
Venison - Red deer stags Scotland 1st Jul  20th Oct 
Venison - Roe bucks England, Wales 1st Apr  31st Oct
Venison - Roe bucks Scotland 1st Apr  20th Oct 
Venison - Roe does  England, Wales 1st Nov  28th Feb 
Venison - Roe does  Scotland 21st Oct  31st Mar 
Woodcock England, Wales, Northern Ireland 1st Oct 31st Jan
Woodcock Scotland 1st Sep 31st Jan
Wood Pigeon UK All year  

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