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Shooting Seasons

Gamebird and Waterfowl Open Seasons (dates inclusive)

Species

England and Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Isle of Man

Pheasant

Oct 1 – Feb 1

Oct 1 – Feb 1

Oct 1 – Jan 31

Oct 1 – Jan 31

Grey Partridge

Sep 1 – Feb 1

Sep 1 – Feb 1

Sep 1- Jan 31

Protected (ban in force)

Red-legged Partridge

Sep 1 – Feb 1

Sep 1 – Feb 1

Sep 1- Jan 31

Sep 13 – Jan 31

Red Grouse

Aug 12 – Dec 10

Aug 12 – Dec 10

Aug 12 – Nov 30

Aug 25 – Oct 31 *

Black Grouse

Aug 20 – Dec 10 (Somerset, Devon and New Forest: Sep 1 – Dec 10)

Aug 20 – Dec 10

Ptarmigan

Aug 12 – Dec 10

Duck & Goose
inland

Sep 1 – Jan 31

Sep 1 – Jan 31

Sep 1 – Jan 31

Sep 1 – Jan 31 – DucksJuly 1 – Mar 31 – Geese**

Duck & Goose
below HWM (see below)

Sep 1 – Feb 20

Sep 1 – Feb 20

Sep 1 – Jan 31

Sep 1 – Jan 31- Ducks             Jul 1 – Mar 31 – Geese **

Common Snipe

Aug 12 – Jan 31

Aug 12 – Jan 31

Sep 1 – Jan 31

Sep 1 – Jan 31

Jack Snipe

Protected

Protected

Sep 1 – Jan 31

Protected

Woodcock

Oct 1 – Jan 31

Sep 1 – Jan 31

Oct 1 – Jan 31

Oct 1 – Jan 31

Golden Plover

Sep 1 – Jan 31

Sep 1 – Jan 31

Sep 1 – Jan 31

Protected

Coot/Moorhen

Sep 1 – Jan 31

Sep 1 – Jan 31

Protected

Protected

Waterfowl Species which can be shot

England, Wales & Scotland

The species that can be shot during their open season are (Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981):

Duck

Gadwall

Goldeneye

Mallard

Pintail

 

Pochard

Shoveler

Teal

Tufted duck

 

Wigeon

 

 

 

Goose

Canada*

Greylag

Pink-footed

White-fronted**(England and Wales only)

Wader

Golden plover

Common snipe

Woodcock

 

Other

Coot

Moorhen

 

 

Ground Game Open Seasons (dates inclusive)

Species

England & Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Isle of Man

Brown Hare

Jan 1 – Dec 31
moorland & unenclosed land is subject to a close season (see below)

Open season Oct 1 – Jan 31

Aug 12 – Jan 31*

Brown or common hare
Oct 1 – Jan 31

Mountain Hare

 

Open season Aug 1 – Feb 28/29

 

 

Rabbit

Jan 1 – Dec 31
moorland & unenclosed land is subject to a close season (see below)

Jan 1 – Dec 31
moorland & unenclosed land is subject to a close season (see below)

Rabbit is classed as a pest and therefore not subject to a close season

No close season

Prohibited Methods of Taking/Killing Wildlife (including game)

The following is an Aide Memoire on the prohibited methods for killing or taking wildlife, based on the combined legislation from all the Acts listed here.

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

(click on the links below to connect to the relevant Act).

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981ᅠ(as amended in 2011), Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 (as amended in 2011) & the Isle of Man Wildlife Act 1990 and Conservation of Wildlife (Jersey) Law 2000ᅠthe following are prohibited methods of killing or taking wildlife:

All wild birds

It is illegal to use;

Any spring(e), trap, gin, snare, any electrical device for killing, stunning or frightening, or any poisonous, poisoned or stupefying substance (or hook and line or muscle-relaxing agent – Northern Ireland only) so placed as to be calculated to cause bodily injury to any wild bird

Any net, any baited board, bird-lime or substance of a like nature to bird-lime

Any bow or crossbow

Any missile which is not discharged from a firearm including any arrow or spear (Northern Ireland only),

Any metal bar, axe, hatchet, cudgel, club, hammer or similar instrument (Northern Ireland only)

Any explosive other than ammunition for a firearm.

Any automatic or semi-automatic weapon against any bird except the Bird Pest Species listed on the general licences. (The use of any automatic or semi-automatic weapons is prohibited in Northern Ireland for any bird or animal)

Any shotgun where the barrel has an internal diameter at the muzzle of more than 1 inches

Any device for illuminating a target or sighting device for night shooting or any form of artificial light or any mirror or other dazzling device

Any gas or smoke not covered any where else in this section, any chemical or wetting agent

Any sound recording (see note below)

Any live animal or bird as a decoy which is tethered, secured by braces or other similar appliances, or which is blind, maimed or injured.

Any mechanically-propelled vehicle in immediate pursuit of birds for the purpose of killing or taking.

Any wild mammal (animals (NI))

It is illegal to use;

Any self-locking snare

Any bow or crossbow

Any missile which is not discharged from a firearm including any arrow or spear (Northern Ireland only),

Any explosive other than ammunition for a firearm.

Any live bird or mammal as a decoy

Any sound recording (Northern Ireland only – see note below)

Mammals/animals (with special protection)

(For the purposes of the following section mammals/animals means: schedule 6 mammals Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended in 2011), schedule 6 wild animals Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 (as amended in 2011) & schedule 6 mammals Wildlife Act 1990 (Isle of Man) and schedule 3 mammals Conservation of Wildlife (Jersey) Law 2000)

It is illegal to use;

Any trap, snare, any electrical device for killing, stunning or frightening, or any poisonous, poisoned or stupefying substance (or hook and line, gin, muscle-relaxing agent – Northern Ireland only) so placed as to be calculated to cause bodily injury

Any net

Any metal bar, axe, hatchet, cudgel, club, hammer or similar instrument (Northern Ireland only)

Any automatic or semi-automatic weapon, any device for illuminating a target or sighting device for night shooting, any form of artificial lighting, mirror or other dazzling device or any gas or smoke not covered anywhere else in this section.

Any sound recording (see note below)

Any mechanically-propelled vehicle in immediate pursuit of mammals for the purpose of killing or taking (or driving that animal – NI only).

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981ᅠ(as amended in 2011),

Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 (as amended in 2011)

Conservation of Wildlife (Jersey) Law 2000

Wildlife Act 1990

“Firearm” includes shotguns

“Automatic weapon” and “semi-automatic weapon” means any weapon which is capable of holding more than two rounds in the magazine

“Illuminating device” may include laser-type sighting devices

“Sound recording” is likely to include sounds made by digital or electronic devices.

 

All the above information is taken from BASC website