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HomeFarming NewsList: Hunting seasons for wild birds, hares, and deer
Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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List: Hunting seasons for wild birds, hares, and deer

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has issued a list detailing the hunting seasons for wild birds, hares, and deer.

The open season for wild bird hunting will open in one week, on Thursday, September 1st, 2022.

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, has reminded the public that they may only hunt certain species at certain times, as per his department’s official list.

He reiterated that the hunting of deer species may only be done with a rifle and still requires a specific deer hunting licence, which the public can apply for online via the NPWS’s website.

He said the species, and dates between, which hunting may take place, is in keeping with previous orders.

Hunting seasons for wild birds & hares

SPECIES

OPEN SEASON

Red Grouse 1 September to 30 September
Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveler, Scaup, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Goldeneye, Golden Plover, Snipe, Jack Snipe. 1 September to 31 January
Red-Legged Partridge, Cock Pheasant, Woodcock, Woodpigeon 1 November to 31 January
Canada Geese 

Countrywide

The counties of Cavan (exclusive of the townlands of Eonish Island, Rinn, Deramfield) and Leitrim (exclusive of the River Shannon)

 

1 September to 15 October

16 October to 31 January

Greylag Geese 

Countrywide

Lady’s Island Lake, Co. Wexford and Gearagh East, Gearagh West in Co. Cork only

 

1 September to 15 October

16 October to 31 January

Ruddy Duck 1 September to 31 January
Hares (excluding the following townlands in Co. Wexford: North East Slob, North West Slob, Big Island, Beggerin Island and the Raven). 26 September to 28 February
Hunting seasons for deer species
SPECIES OPEN SEASON LOCATION
Red Male 1 September to 31 December Throughout the state, excluding Co. Kerry
Red Female & Antlerless Deer * 1 November to 28 February Throughout the state, excluding Co. Kerry
Sika Male 1 September to 31 December Throughout the state
Sika Female & Antlerless Deer * 1 November to 28 February Throughout the state
Fallow Male 1 September to 31 December Throughout the state
Fallow Female & Antlerless Deer * 1 November to 28 February Throughout the state
Muntjac Deer 1 September to 31 August Throughout the state

 

The DAFM confirmed that antlerless deer will be construed as including any male deer without antlers, of less than one year, i.e. a calf.

Read more in this news article.

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