Game Season Calendar

Game, Wildfowl - Open Seasons

Species England, Scotland & Wales Northern Ireland
(See Note 2)
Pheasant Oct 1 - Feb 1 Oct 1 - Jan 31
Partridge Sept 1 - Feb 1 Sept 1- Jan 31
Grouse Aug 12 - Dec 10 Aug 12 - Nov 30
Ptarmigan
(only found in Scotland)
Aug 12 - Dec 10
Blackgame
(not currently found in NI)
Aug 20 - Dec 10
Common Snipe Aug 12 - Jan 31 Sept 1 - Jan 31
Jack Snipe Protected at all times Sept 1 - Jan 31
Woodcock Oct 1- Jan 31 Oct 1 - Jan 31
Woodcock - Scotland Sept 1 - Jan 31
Duck & Goose - Inland Sept 1 - Jan 31 Sept 1 - Jan 31
Duck & Goose
below HWM of ordinary spring tides
Sept 1 - Feb 20 Sept 1 - Jan 31
Coot/Moorhen Sept 1 - Jan 31 Protected at all times
Golden Plover Sept 1 - Jan 31 Sept 1 - Jan 31
Curlew Protected at all times Sept 1 - Jan 31
Hare
(cannot be sold Mar 1st to July 31st)
Mooreland & Unenclosed land
Subject to closed season
Aug 12 - Jan 31

Deer - Open Seasons

Species   Sex England, Wales and Northern Ireland Scotland
Red   Stags Aug 1 - April 30 July 1 - Oct 20
    Hinds Nov 1 - Feb 28th/29th Oct 21 - Feb 15
Fallow   Bucks Aug 1 - April 30 Aug 1 - April 30
    Does Nov 1 - Feb 28/29th Oct 21 - Feb 15
Sika   Stags Aug 1 - April 30th July 1st - Oct 20th
    Hinds Nov 1st - Feb 28th/29th Oct 21st - Feb 15th
Roe
(not currently found in NI)
  Bucks April 1st - Oct 31st April 1st - Oct 20th
Red / Sika Hybrids
(NI only)
  Does Nov 1st - Feb 28th/29th
    Stags Aug 1st - April 30th July 1st - Oct 20th
Chinese Water Deer
(only found in England)
  Hinds Nov 1st - Feb 28th/29th Oct 21st - Feb 15th
Muntjac
(not currently found in NI)
    Nov 1st - Feb 28th/29th
(Note: 3)
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Game licences are still required by law.  These should be acquired from your local post office. ("Game" means hares, pheasants, partridges, grouse, heath and moor game and black game.  Rabbits are not included).

Please note BASC Northern Ireland can provide further detail on specific issues relating to Northern Ireland quarry & seasons.

Chinese Water Deer no season applies but due to difficulties in identifying immature males and females the above culling period is followed.

Muntjac no season applies to this species but recommendations are that does only to be culled if pregnant or immature to reduce leaving dependent young.

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