Shooting Seasons

Species England, Wales & Scotland Northern Ireland
Pheasant Oct 1 - Feb 1 Oct 1 - Jan 31
Partridge Sept 1 - Feb 1 Sept 1- Jan 31
Grouse Aug 12 - Dec 10 Aug 12 - Nov 30
Ptarmigan
(only found in Scotland)
Aug 12 - Dec 10 - -
Blackgame
(not currently found in NI)
Aug 20 - Dec 10 - -
Common Snipe Aug 12 - Jan 31 Sept 1 - Jan 31
Jack Snipe Protected at all times Sept 1 - Jan 31
Woodcock Oct 1 - Jan 31 Oct 1 - Jan 31
Woodcock (Scotland) Sept 1 - Jan 31 - -
Duck & Goose - Inland Sept 1 - Jan 31 Sept 1- Jan 31
Duck & Goose - Below
HWM of ordinary Spring tides
Sept 1 - Feb 20 Sept 1- Jan 31
Coot/moorhen Sept 1 - Jan 31 Protected at all times
Golden plover Sept 1 - Jan 31 Sept 1- Jan 31
Curlew protected at all times Sept 1- Jan 31
Hare no closed season Aug 12 - Jan 31


If the land you shoot hares on is classed as moorland or enclosed land and your permission on that land is through the landowner or occupier then a closed season and other restrictions may legally apply on that land. Contact BASC for further details.