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Deer Seasons

Five deer species are protected by close seasons, related to the breeding cycle. Muntjac have no specified close season because of their ability to breed at any time of year. Chinese water deer do have a breeding season, but the sexes are very hard to tell apart. BASC recommend that muntjac females are not shot unless obviously heavily pregnant or immature, with no fawn at heel, to avoid orphaning dependent young. Shooting is permitted between the following dates:

Species/sex

England and Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Red
Stag

Aug 1 – Apr 30

Jul 1 – Oct 20

Aug 1 – Apr 30

Hind

Nov 1 – Mar 31

Oct 21 – Feb 15

Nov 1 – March 31

Fallow
Buck

Aug 1 – Apr 30

Aug 1 – Apr 30

Aug 1 – Apr 30

Doe

Nov 1 – Mar 31

Oct 21 – Feb 15

Nov 1 – March 31

Sika
Stag

Aug 1 – Apr 30

Jul 1 – Oct 20

Aug 1 – Apr 30

Hind

Nov 1 – Mar 31

Oct 21 – Feb 15

Nov 1 –  March 31

Roe
Buck

Apr 1 – Oct 31

Apr 1 – Oct 20

Doe

Nov 1 – Mar 31

Oct 21 – Mar 31

Red/sika hybrids
Stag

Aug 1 – Apr 30

Jul 1 – Oct 20

Aug 1 – Apr 30

Hind

Nov 1 – Mar 31

Oct 21 – Feb 15

Nov 1 –  March 31

Chinese Water Deer

(only found in England)

Buck

Nov 1 – Mar 31

Doe

Nov 1 – Mar 31

Muntjac **

 All year round
 ** There is no statutory close season for this species. It is recommended that when culling female muntjac, immature or heavily pregnant does are selected to avoid leaving dependent young.

Humane Despatch of Animals insurance

 

Since 1 July 2016 all full BASC members are covered under their membership insurance for Humane Dispatch.

 

Night shooting and out of season shooting

Deer in England and Wales are protected under the 1991 Deer Act and in Scotland by the 1996 Deer Act. These restrict shooting at night and out of season . There are exemptions to these  –

In England and Wales

Out of Season shooting Download best practice guide
Night Shooting Download best practice guide

In Scotland

Out of Season shooting Download best practice guide
Night Shooting Download best practice guide

Road Traffic Accidents – How can you help?

Road Traffic Accidents involving deer present a major problem in the UK as well as in many other countries in Europe.

The Highways Agency and the Scottish Executive, together with the Woodland Trust, the National Forest Company and the Deer Study and Resource Centre have funded research to develop, for the first time, a stratified national system for recording information on deer-related road traffic accidents occurring throughout the UK. The deer collisions project is administered through the Deer Initiative.

The main aims of the project are

  • to maintain a national database of road traffic collisions involving deer in England, Wales and Scotland
  • to assess factors associated with deer RTAs and aspects of deer behaviour and management, in order to investigate and enhance measures aimed at preventing such accidents

Reporting an Accident

To report a deer-related road traffic accident or for more information on the project, including latest news and links to press articles, please click the following link and you will be redirected to the website www.deercollisions.co.uk

Further Information

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