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ABOUT DEER CLOSE SEASON

The law ensures that female deer with dependent young, and male deer still growing their antlers, receive protection which specifies when culling may not take place. These Close Seasons vary between the different species due to differences in breeding and antler growth cycles.

There may be circumstances, such as a need to deal with sick or injured deer, when culling is permitted to take place outside the Close Season.

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.

The law as it relates to deer may be subject to change, and all information provided is for guidance only.

The table below shows current Close Seasons, which may be subject to legislative change.

Species

Sex

Close Season England, Wales & N Ireland

Close Season Scotland

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

Male

1 May - 31 Jul

21 Oct - 30 Jun

Female

1 Apr - 31 Oct

16 Feb - 20 Oct

Male

1 May - 31 Jul

1 May - 31 Jul

Female

1 Apr - 31 Oct

16 Feb - 20 Oct

Male

1 Nov - 31 Mar

21 Oct - 31 Mar

Female

1 Apr - 31 Oct

1 April - 20 Oct

Male & Female

1 Apr - 31 Oct

Not present so no close season

Male & Female

No Close Season

No Close Season

* There is no close season for muntjac as they breed throughout the year.
England & Wales only; not present in Northern Ireland

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