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Deer close season

Deer Close Seasons

In order to protect female deer and their young and male deer while their antlers are growing, the UK operates a close season system that specifies when the culling of different species may not take place.

However, there may be circumstances where culling has to take place during the close season, such as the need to deal with injured or sick deer.

The table below gives the close season dates for each UK deer species by sex and location as the law differs in Scotland to the rest of the UK. 

Species Sex Close Season 
England, Wales
& N Ireland
Close Season
Scotland
Red deer Male 1 May - 31 Jul 21 Oct - 30 Jun
  Female 1 Apr - 31 Oct 16 Feb - 20 Oct
Red/sika hybrids Male 1 May - 31 Jul 21 Oct - 30 Jun
  Female 1 Apr - 31 Oct 16 Feb - 20 Oct
Sika deer Male 1 May - 31 Jul 21 Oct - 30 Jun
  Female 1 Apr - 31 Oct 16 Feb - 20 Oct
Fallow deer Male 1 May - 31 Jul 1 May - 31 Jul
  Female 1 Apr - 31 Oct 16 Feb - 20 Oct
Roe deer Male 1 Nov - 31 Mar 21 Oct - 31 Mar
  Female 1 Apr - 31 Oct 1 April - 20 Oct
Chinese water deer Male & Female 1 Apr - 31 Oct Not present so no close season

Muntjac* Male & Female No Close Season No Close Season

* There is no close season for muntjac as they breed throughout the year.