Game & Wildfowl Start of season End of season

Pheasant England, Scotland, Wales 1 October 1 February

Pheasant N. Ireland, cocks only 1 October 31 January

Partridge 1 September 1 February

Grouse England, Scotland, Wales 12 August 10 December

Grouse N. Ireland 12 August 30 November

Common Snipe England, Scotland, Wales 12 August 31 January

Common Snipe N. Ireland 1 September 31 January

Jack Snipe N. Ireland only 1 September 31 January

Woodcock England, Wales, N. Ireland 1 October 31 January

Woodcock Scotland 1 September 31 January

Duck & Goose Inland - England, Scotland, Wales 1 September 31 January

Duck & Goose Foreshore - England, Scotland, Wales 1 September 20 February

Duck & Goose Inland/Foreshore - N. Ireland 1 September 31 January

Coot 1 September 31 January

Moorhen 1 September 31 January

Golden Plover 1 September 31 January

Curlew N. Ireland only 1 September 31 January

Hare Shooting England, Scotland, Wales 1 August 29 February

Hare Shooting N. Ireland 12 August 31 January

Deer Start of season End of season

Red deer stags England, Wales, N. Ireland 1 August 30 April

Red deer stags Scotland 1 July 20 October

Red deer hinds England, Wales, N. Ireland 1 November 28 February

Red deer hinds Scotland 21 October 15 February

Fallow bucks 1 August 30 April

Fallow doe’s England, Wales, N. Ireland 1 November 28 February

Fallow doe’s Scotland 21 October 15 February

Sika stags England, Wales, N. Ireland 1 August 30 April

Sika stags Scotland 1 July 20 October
Sika hinds England, Wales, N. Ireland 1 November 28 February

Sika hinds Scotland 21 October 15 February

Roe bucks England, Wales 1 April 31 October

Roe bucks Scotland 1 April 20 October

Roe doe’s England, Wales 1 November 28 February

Roe doe’s Scotland 21 October 31 March

Red/Sika hybrid stags Scotland 1 July 20 October

Red/Sika hybrid hinds Scotland 21 October 15 February

Muntjac and Chinese Water Deer The British Deer Society recommends that both sexes for these two species, for which at present there is no statutory close season, should be granted a close season from 1 March to 31 October.