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2019 Shooting Dates: Gamebird and Waterfowl Open Season

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

HWM – High Water Mark of ordinary spring tides

England, Wales and Scotland Any area below high-water mark of ordinary spring tides

Isle of Man: * Currently a voluntary ban on shooting red grouse is in place. ** Geese can only be shot under general licence under the Wildlife Act 1990. See the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) website for terms and conditions of general licences http://www.gov.im/categories/the-environment-and-greener-living/wildlife/