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Types of Shooting Quarry

TYPES OF SHOOTING QUARRY

A Guide to the Species of Shooting Quarry found in the UK

In the Uk there are a number of game species that can legally be shot in a specified season. Shooting these species outside of their season is illegal as the 'close' season allows for species to breed and allows their population to grow to a size which will not be negatively impacted during the shooting season. 

GAME BIRDS AND WATERFOWL


Grouse  

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
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 August 12 - Dec 10 Aug 12 - Nov 30 Aug 25 - Oct 31
Black Grouse

 Aug 20 - Dec 10 (Somerset and Devon)

Sep 1 - Dec 10 (New Forest)

Aug 20 - Dec 10              --             --    
Ptarmigan               --  Aug 12 - Dec 10              --             --
Duck and Goose  Sep 1 - Jan 31 Sep 1 - Jan 31  Sep 1 - Jan 31 

Duck Sep 1 - Jan 31

Goose - July 1 - Mar 31 

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


Duck Species in the UK

Duck species that can be shot in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland include;

Gadwall, Golden Eye, Mallard, Pintail, Pochard, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck and Wigeon. In N.I Ruddy Duck and Scaup can also be taken.

Geese Species in the UK

Geese species that can be shot in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are;

Canada Goose, Greylag and Pink Footed Goose. In England and Wales only, White Fronted Geese can also be taken. 

Ground Game Species and Seasons


Brown Hare

Species England and Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Isle of Man
Brown Hare Jan 1 - Dec 31 Moorland & unenclosed land subject to close season Oct 1 - Jan 31 Aug 12 - Jan 31 Oct 1 - Jan 31
Mountain Hare                                                         -- Aug 1 - Feb 28/ 29              --           --
Rabbit Jan 1 - December 31 Moorland & unenclosed land subject to close season Jan 1 - Dec 31 Moorland & unenclosed land subject to close season No close season No close season


UK Open Season For Deer


Fallow Deer Stag

Species England and Wales Scotland Northern Ireland
RED DEER      
Stags Aug 1 - Apr 30 Jul 1 - Oct 20 Aug 1 - Apr 30
Hinds Nov 1 - Mar 31 Oct 21 - Feb 15 Nov 1 - Mar 31
SIKA      
Stags Aug 1 - Apr 30 Jul 1 - Oct 20 Aug 1 - Apr 30
Hinds Nov 1 - Mar 31  Oct 21 - Feb 15 Nov 1 - Mar 31 
RED/ SIKA HYBRIDS      
Stags Aug 1 - Apr 30 Jul 1 - Oct 20  Aug 1 - Apr 30
Hinds Nov 1 - Mar 31 Oct 21 - Feb 15   Nov 1 - Mar 31
FALLOW      
Bucks Aug 1 - Apr 30 Aug 1 - Apr 30  Aug 1 - Apr 30
Does Nov 1 - Mar 31 Oct 1 - Feb 15  Nov 1 - Mar 31 
CHINESE WATERDEER      
Bucks Nov 1 - Mar 31             --             --
Does Nov 1 - Mar 31             --             --
ROE      
Bucks Apr 1 - Oct 31 Apr 1 - Oct 20              --
Does  Nov 1 - Mar 31 Oct 21 - Mar 31              --