It's open season on Muntjac all year round. For other species, there is a carefully-considered close season when it is illegal to shoot deer.

Here is our list of open seasons for deer. All dates shown below are inclusive.

red deer

The Scottish red deer

Red deer

England and Wales:

Aug 1-April 30 (stags)

Nov 1 – Mar 31 (hinds)

Scotland:

July 1-Oct 20 (stags)

Oct 21-Feb 15 (hinds)

Northern Ireland:

Aug 1-April 30 (stags)

Nov 1-March 31 (hinds)

 

Sika stag

Sika deer

Sika deer

England and Wales:

Aug 1-April 30 (stags)

Nov 1 – March 31 (hinds)

Scotland:

July 1-Oct 20 (stags)

Oct 21-Feb 15 (hinds)

Northern Ireland:

Aug 1-April 30 (stags)

Nov 1-March 31 (hinds)

 

Red/Sika hybrids

England and Wales:

Aug 1-April 30 (stags)

Nov 1 – March 31 (hinds)

Scotland:

July 1-Oct 20 (stags)

Oct 21-Feb 15 (hinds)

Northern Ireland:

Aug 1-April 30 (stags)

Nov 1-March 31 (hinds)

 

Fallow deer buck

Fallow deer

Fallow deer

England and Wales:

Aug 1-April 30 (bucks)

Nov 1 – March 31 (does)

Scotland:

Aug 1-April 30 (bucks)

Oct 21-Feb 15 (does)

Northern Ireland:

Aug 1-April 30 (bucks)

Nov 1-March 31 (does)

 

Roe buck

Roe buck

Roe deer

England and Wales:

April 1-Oct 31 (bucks)

Nov 1-Mar 31 (does)

Scotland:

April 1-Oct 20 (bucks)

Oct 21-Mar 31 (does)

Chinese water deer doe Wiki

Chinese water deer

Chinese Water deer

England and Wales:

Nov 1-Mar 31 (bucks)

Nov 1-March 31 (does)

 

Muntjac

Muntjac

Muntjac

There is no statutory closed season for this species. However when culling female Muntjac, it is recommended to choose immature or heavily pregnant does to avoid leaving dependent young.

red legged partridge

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