Gamebird and waterfowl open seasons

Gamebirds and waterfowl

 

Species England and Wales* Scotland Northern Ireland**
Pheasant 1 Oct – 1 Feb 1 Oct – 1 Feb 1 Oct – 31 Jan
Grey partridge 1 Sept – 1 Feb 1 Sept – 1 Feb 1 Sept – 31 Jan
Red-legged
partridge
1 Sept – 1 Feb 1 Sept – 1 Feb 1 Sept – 31 Jan
Red grouse 12 Aug – 10 Dec 12 Aug – 10 Dec 12 Aug – 30 Nov
Black grouse 20 Aug – 10 Dec
(Somerset, Devon and New Forest: 1 Sept – 10 Dec)
20 Aug – 10 Dec N/A
Ptarmigan N/A 12 Aug – 10 Dec N/A
Duck and goose
(inland)
1 Sept – 31 Jan 1 Sept – 31 Jan 1 Sept – 31 Jan
Duck and goose
(below high water mark)
1 Sept – 20 Feb 1 Sept – 20 Feb 1 Sept – 31 Jan
Common snipe 12 Aug – 31 Jan 12 Aug – 31 Jan 1 Sept – 31 Jan
Jack snipe Protected Protected 1 Sept – 31 Jan
Woodcock 1 Oct – 31 Jan 1 Sept – 31 Jan 1 Oct – 31 Jan
Golden plover 1 Sept – 31 Jan 1 Sept – 31 Jan 1 Sept – 31 Jan
Coot/moorhen 1 Sept – 31 Jan 1 Sept – 31 Jan Protected
 

* No game may be killed or taken in England on Sunday or Christmas Day.

** No game may be killed or taken in Northern Ireland on Sunday.

Ground game

Species England and Wales* Scotland Northern Ireland**
Brown hare Moorland and unenclosed land: 1 Sept – 31 Mar 1 Oct – 31 Jan 12 Aug – 31 Jan
Mountain hare N/A 1 Aug – 28/29 Feb N/A
Rabbit Moorland and unenclosed land: 1    Sept – 31 Mar Moorland and unenclosed land: 1 Jul – 31 Mar No restriction (pest species)

 

* No game may be killed or taken in England on Sunday or Christmas Day.

** No game may be killed or taken in Northern Ireland on Sunday.

 

Please refer to the terms and conditions of the specific general licences. 

***THE ONUS IS ON THE PERSON CARRYING OUT THE ACTION TO ENSURE THEY ARE COMPLYING WITH THE RELEVANT LEGISLATION***

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