Shooting Seasons

This page lists the shooting seasons of the main game species in England, Scotland and Wales.

The dates listed are when you can shoot the quarry. The close season, the period you can’t shoot them generally coincides with the breeding seasons, as it is in everyone’s interests to maintain a healthy and sustainable population of all the species listed.

Game

  • Pheasant Oct 1st – Feb 1st
  • Partridge Sept 1st – Feb 1st
  • Grouse Aug 12th – Dec 10th
  • Ptarmigan Aug 12th – Dec 10th
  • Black Game Aug 20th – Dec 10th
  • Common Snipe Aug 12th – Jan 31st
  • Woodcock (England and Wales) Oct 1st – Jan 31st
  • Woodcock (Scotland) Sept 1st – Jan 31st
  • Duck and Goose (inland) Sept 1st – Jan 31st
  • Duck and Goose (foreshore) Sept 1st – Feb 20th
  • Coot/Moorhen/Golden Plover Sept 1st – Jan 1st
  • Hare No close season

Deer

Species Eng & Wales Scotland

  • Red Stags Aug 1st – Apr 30th / July 1st – Oct 20th
  • Red Hinds Nov 1st – Mar 31st / Oct 21st – Feb 15th
  • Sika Stags Aug 1st – Apr 30th / July 1st – Oct 20th
  • Sika Hinds Nov 1st – Mar 31st / Oct 21st – Feb 15th
  • Fallow Bucks Aug 1st – Apr 30th
  • As Eng & Wales Fallow Does Nov 1st – Mar 31st / Oct 21st – Feb 15th
  • Roe Bucks Apr 1st – Oct 31st / Apr 1st – Oct 20th
  • Roe Does Nov 1st – Mar 31st / Oct 21st – Mar 31st

All Vermin All Year Round!

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