Game seasons

Species England and Wales Scotland Northern
Ireland
Isle of Man
Pheasant Oct 1 – Feb 1 Oct 1 – Feb 1 Oct 1 – Jan 31 Oct 1 – Jan 31
Grey Partridge Sep 1 – Feb 1 Sep 1 – Feb 1 Sep 1- Jan 31 Protected
(ban in force)
Red-legged Partridge Sep 1 – Feb 1 Sep 1 – Feb 1 Sep 1- Jan 31 Sep 13 – Jan 31
Red Grouse Aug 12 – Dec 10 Aug 12 – Dec 10 Aug 12 – Nov 30 Aug 25 – Oct 31 *
Black Grouse Aug 20 – Dec 10 (Somerset,
Devon and New Forest: Sep 1 – Dec 10)
Aug 20 – Dec 10
Ptarmigan Aug 12 – Dec 10
Duck & Goose inland Sep 1 – Jan 31 Sep 1 – Jan 31 Sep 1 – Jan 31 Sep 1 – Jan 31 – DucksJuly
1 – Mar 31 – Geese**
Duck & Goose
below HWM (see below)
Sep 1 – Feb 20 Sep 1 – Feb 20 Sep 1 – Jan 31 Sep 1 – Jan 31- Ducks
Jul 1 – Mar 31 – Geese **
Common Snipe Aug 12 – Jan 31 Aug 12 – Jan 31 Sep 1 – Jan 31 Sep 1 – Jan 31
Jack Snipe Protected Protected Sep 1 – Jan 31 Protected
Woodcock Oct 1 – Jan 31 Sep 1 – Jan 31 Oct 1 – Jan 31 Oct 1 – Jan 31
Golden Plover Sep 1 – Jan 31 Sep 1 – Jan 31 Sep 1 – Jan 31 Protected
Coot/Moorhen Sep 1 – Jan 31 Sep 1 – Jan 31 Protected Protected

Game Birds

England Scotland and Wales

Duck Gadwall Goldeneye Mallard Pintail
Pochard Shoveler Teal Tufted duck
Wigeon
Goose Canada* Greylag Pink-footed White-fronted**(England and Wales only)
Wader Golden plover Common snipe Woodcock
Other Coot Moorhen

Northern Ireland

Duck Gadwall Goldeneye Mallard Pintail
Pochard Ruddy Duck Scaup Shoveler
Teal Tufted Duck Wigeon
Goose Canada Greylag Pink-footed
Wader Common snipe Jack snipe Golden plover Woodcock

Other regulations apply for Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey,

Species England & Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Isle of Man
Brown Hare Jan 1 – Dec 31
moorland & unenclosed land is subject to a close season (see below)
Open season Oct 1 – Jan 31 Aug 12 – Jan 31* Brown or common hare
Oct 1 – Jan 31
Mountain Hare Open season Aug 1 – Feb 28/29
Rabbit Jan 1 – Dec 31
moorland & unenclosed land is subject to a close season (see below)
Jan 1 – Dec 31
moorland & unenclosed land is subject to a close season (see below)
Rabbit is classed as a pest
and therefore not subject to a close season
No close season

Statutory OPEN Seasons for Deer (all dates inclusive)

Species and Sex England & Wales Scotland Northern Ireland
Red
Stags Aug 1st – April 30th July 1st – Oct 20th Aug 1st – April 30th
Hinds Nov 1st – Mar 31 Oct 21st – Feb 15th Nov 1st – Mar 31
Sika
Stags Aug 1st – April 30th July 1st – Oct 20th Aug 1st – April 30th
Hinds Nov 1st – Mar 31st Oct 21st – Feb 15th Nov 1st – Mar 31st
Red/Sika hybrids
Stags Aug 1st – April 30th July 1st – Oct 20th Aug 1st – April 30th
Hinds Nov 1st – Mar 31st Oct 21st – Feb 15th Nov 1st – Mar 31st
Fallow
Bucks Aug 1st – April 30th Aug 1st – April 30th Aug 1st – April 30th
Does Nov 1st – Mar 31st Oct 21st – Feb 15th Nov 1st – Mar 31st
Roe
Bucks April 1st – Oct 31st April 1st – Oct 20th
Does Nov 1st – Mar 31st Oct 21st – March 31st
Chinese Water deer
Bucks Nov 1st – Mar 31st
Does Nov 1st – Mar 31st
Muntjac
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.