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Below is all the hunting seasons relevant to Ireland.


Game Birds

Northern Ireland
Species

Pheasant ------------------------- Oct 1 - Jan 31

Grey Partridge ------------------- Sep 1 - Jan 31

Red-Legged Partridge ------------- Sep 1 - Jan 31

Red Grouse ----------------------- Aug 12 - Nov 30


*Additional information for Northern Ireland. All wild birds are protected on Sundays and Christmas Day.
Wild birds may not be shot between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise.


Republic of Ireland
Species

Pheasant ------------------------ Nov 1 – Jan 31 (Cocks only)

Grey Partridge n/a

Red-Legged Partridge ------------ Nov 1 – Jan 31

Red Grouse ---------------------- Sep 1 – Sep 30


Wildfowl, Geese and Waders

Northern Ireland
Species

Duck and Goose (inland) ---------------------------------------------------- Sep 1 - Jan 31

Duck and Goose (below high water mark) ------------------------------------- Sep 1 - Jan 31

Common Snipe --------------------------------------------------------------- Sep 1 - Jan 31

Woodcock ------------------------------------------------------------------- Oct 1 - Jan 31

Golden Plover -------------------------------------------------------------- Sep 1 - Jan 31

Coot and Moorhen ----------------------------------------------------------- Protected

Greylag Geese (Countrywide) n/a

Woodpigeon n/a

Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveler, Scaup,
Tufted Duck, Pochard, Goldeneye, Jack Snipe, Ruddy Duck n/a


Canada Geese n/a

Graylag Geese
Lady’s Island Lake, Co Wexford and Gearagh East, Gearagh West in Co Cork only n/a


*Additional information for Northern Ireland. All wild birds are protected on Sundays and Christmas Day.
Wild birds may not be shot between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise.


Republic of Ireland
Species

Duck and Goose (inland) n/a

Duck and Goose (below high water mark) n/a

Common Snipe ------------ Sep 1 – Jan 31

Woodcock ---------------- Nov 1 – Jan 31

Golden Plover ----------- Sep 1 – Jan 31

Coot and Moorhen n/a

Greylag Geese (Countrywide)
Woodpigeon n/a

Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveler, Scaup,
Tufted Duck, Pochard, Goldeneye, Jack Snipe, Ruddy Duck ----------------------------------------- Sep 1 – Jan 31

Canada Geese (Countrywide) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Sep 1 – Oct 15

Canada Geese
The counties of Cavan (exclusive of the townlands of Eonish Island, Rinn, Deramfield)
and Leitrim (exclusive of the River Shannon) ---------------------------------------------------- Oct 16 – Jan 31

Graylag Geese
Lady’s Island Lake, Co Wexford and Gearagh East, Gearagh West in Co Cork only ------------------- Oct 16 – Jan 31




Ground Game

Northern Ireland
Species

Brown Hare --------------------- Aug 12 - Jan 31
Rabbit -------------------------- All year

Hares
(excluding the following townlands in Co Wexford: North East Slob,
North West Slob, Big Island, Beggerin Island and the Raven). n/a

*Additional information for Northern Ireland. Ground game may not be shot between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise.


Republic of Ireland
Species

Brown Hare n/a
Rabbit ------------------------- All year

Hares
(excluding the following townlands in Co Wexford: North East Slob,
North West Slob, Big Island, Beggerin Island and the Raven). ------------- Sep 26 – Feb 28



Deer

Northern Ireland
Species --------------- Males |-----------| Females
Red ------------------- Aug 1 - Apr 30 |--| Nov 1 - Mar 31
Fallow ---------------- Aug 1 - Apr 30 |--| Nov 1 - Mar 31
Sika ------------------- Aug 1 - Apr 30 |--| Nov 1 - Mar 31
Roe ------------------- Apr 1 - Oct 31 |--| Nov 1 - Mar 31
Chinese Water Deer --Nov 1 - Mar 31 |--| Nov 1 - Mar 31
Muntjac ------------- No close season |--| n/a



Republic of Ireland
Species ------------- Males |---------------------------------------| Females
Red ----------------- Sep 1 – Dec 31 (All counties except Kerry) |-| Nov 1 – Feb 29
Fallow -------------- Sep 1 – Dec 31 |------------------------------| Nov 1 – Feb 28/29
Sika ---------------- Sep 1 – Dec 31 |------------------------------| Nov 1 – Feb 28/29
Roe ---------------- n/a
Chinese Water Deer n/a
Muntjac ----------- n/a


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