Hunting Seasons

Brown Hare Season
Brown Hare

Quarry Hunting Season Dates (UK)

Grey Partridge Season
 Grey Partridge
Red Leg Partridge Season
Red Leg Partridge

Gamebirds and Waterfowl Hunting Seasons

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 Hunting Seasons

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.

this list was correct at the time of publishing, but we recommend that you check GWCT website for updates.

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