Different species of deer have different open seasons. In addition for the various hinds and stags there are close seasons when it is illegal to stalk and shoot quarry. This is crucial to allow the population to breed and travel to different areas to feed.

Here is our list of open seasons for the various species of deer when you can go out stalking. (Dates are inclusive.)Red stag

Red Stags

England and Wales: 1 August – 30 April

Scotland: 1 July – 20 October

Northern Ireland: 1 August – 30 April

Red deer hinds

Red hinds

England and Wales: 1 November – 31 March

Scotland: 21 October – 15 February

Northern Ireland: 1 November – 28 February

Sika stag

Sika stags

England and Wales: 1 August – 30 April

Scotland: 1 July – 20 October

Northern Ireland: 1 August – 30 April

Sika hind

Sika hinds

England and Wales: 1 November – 31 March

Scotland: 21 October – 15 February

Northern Ireland: 1 November – 28 February

Fallow deer buck

Fallow bucks

England and Wales: 1 August – 30 April

Scotland: 1 August – 30 April

Northern Ireland: 1 August – 30 April

 

Fallow doe

Fallow does

England and Wales: 1 November – 31 March

Scotland: 21 October – 15 February

Northern Ireland: 1 November – 28 February

Roe buck

Roe bucks

England and Wales: 1 April – 31 October

Scotland: 1 April – 20 October

Northern Ireland: Not found

 

Roe Deer

Roe does

 

England and Wales: 1 November – 31 March

Scotland: 21 October – 31 March

Northern Ireland: Not found

Chinese water buck

Chinese water bucks

England and Wales: 1 November – 31 March

Scotland: Not found

Northern Ireland: Not found

 

Chinese water deer doe Wiki

Chinese water does

England and Wales: 1 November – 31 March

Scotland: Not found

Northern Ireland: Not found

Muntjac

Muntjac*

England and Wales: All year round

Scotland: All year round

Northern Ireland: Not found

*There is no statutory closed season for this species. It is recommended that when culling female muntjac immature or heavily pregnant does are elected to avoid leaving dependent young.