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SHOOTING
LIFE

We’ve been passionate about game shooting for decades and our business has been built on providing everything a shooter needs to enjoy the sport to the full.

SHOOTING
SEASON

The UK shooting seasons ensure game, waterfowl and other animals can breed successfully and move between breeding and wintering grounds.

Known as open season, rabbit and pigeon can be shot at any time of year. All other species are subject to specific time scales. Known as close season, this is when it is illegal to shoot game or deer.

All responsible shooters respect these dates in the knowledge that it is essential for populations to breed and flourish.

GAMEBIRD
AND WATERFOWL

  SPECIES ENGLAND AND WALES SCOTLAND NORTHERN IRELAND ISLE OF MAN  
 

Pheasant

Oct 1st - Feb 1st

Oct 1st - Feb 1st

Oct 1st - Jan 31st

Oct 1st - Jan 31st

 
 

Grey Patridge

Oct 1st - Jan 1st

Oct 1st - Jan 1st

Oct 1st - Jan 1st

Oct 1st - Jan 1st

 
 

Red-legged Partridge

Sep 1st - Feb 1st

Sep 1st - Feb 1st

Sep 1st - Jan 31st

Sep 13th - Jan 31st

 
 

Red Grouse

Aug 12th - Dec 10th

Aug 12th – Dec 10th

Aug 12th – Nov 30th

Aug 25th – Oct 31st *

 
 

Black Grouse

Aug 20th – Dec 10th (Somerset, Devon and New Forest: Sep 1st – Dec 10th)

Aug 20th – Dec 10th

 
 

Ptarmigan

Aug 12th – Dec 10th

 
 

Duck & Goose inland

Sep 1st – Jan 31st

Sep 1st – Jan 31st

Sep 1st – Jan 31st

Sep 1st – Jan 31st – Ducks. July 1st – Mar 31st – Geese**

 
 

Duck & Goose below HWM (see below)

Sep 1st – Feb 20th

Sep 1st – Feb 20th

Sep 1st – Jan 31st

Sep 1st – Jan 31st – Ducks. July 1st – Mar 31st – Geese**

 
 

Common Snipe

Aug 12th – Jan 31st

Aug 12th – Jan 31st

Sep 1st – Jan 31st

Sep 1st – Jan 31st

 
 

Jack Snipe

Protected

Protected

Sep 1st – Jan 31st

Protected

 
 

Woodcock

Oct 1st – Jan 31st

Sep 1st – Jan 31st

Oct 1st – Jan 31st

Oct 1st – Jan 31st

 
 

Golden Plover

Sep 1st – Jan 31st

Sep 1st – Jan 31st

Sep 1st – Jan 31st

Protected

 
 

Coot/Moorhen

Sep 1st – Jan 31st

Sep 1st – Jan 31st

Protected

Protected

 

HWM – High water mark:

England and Wales: The area of sea shore which is more often than not covered by the flux and reflux of the four ordinary tides occurring midway between springs and neaps.

Scotland: Area between high and low water marks of ordinary spring tides

Northern Ireland: The limit of where the living seaweed is attached to the stones of the foreshore.

Isle of Man: * Currently a voluntary ban on shooting red grouse is in place. ** Geese can only be shot under general licence under the Wildlife Act 1990. See the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) website for terms and conditions of general licences http://www.gov.im/categories/the-environment-and-greener-living/wildlife/

England and Wales

No game (pheasant, partridge, red grouse, black grouse and hare) may be killed or taken in any county on Sunday or Christmas Day.

Some counties (or parts of counties in existence before the 1974 local authority re-organisation) do not permit the shooting of wildfowl on Sundays – Anglesey, Brecknock, Caernarvon, Carmarthen, Cardigan, Cornwall, Denbigh, Devon, Doncaster, Glamorgan, Great Yarmouth County Borough, Isle of Ely, Leeds County Borough, Merioneth, Norfolk, Pembroke, Somerset, North and West Ridings of Yorkshire.

Scotland

Whilst there are no statutory restrictions on the killing of game on Sunday or Christmas Day, it is not customary to do so.  Wildfowl may not be shot on Sunday or Christmas Day.

Northern Ireland

Wild bird, gamebird or hare cannot be shot on a Sunday although the restrictions do not apply on Christmas Day, provided it does not fall on a Sunday, it is not customary to do so.

Isle of Man

The killing or taking of game is not permitted on Sunday, but restrictions do not apply on Christmas Day unless it falls on a Sunday.

Guernsey

Shooting is not permitted on Sunday or Christmas Day.

Jersey

Firearms to kill any wild bird or animal is not permitted on Sunday, Good Friday and Christmas Day unless acting under and in accordance with the terms or conditions of a licence.

GAME
LICENSES

A game licence is different to a shotgun certificate. Game licences to kill or take game are not required in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

In Scotland, a venison dealer’s licence is still required for those wishing to deal in venison although deer stalkers can sell their venison direct to a venison dealer without the need for a licence.

On the Isle of Man a game licence is required in order to shoot game and is available from the Treasury Office. Game is defined as pheasant, partridge, grouse or moor game and hare (brown or common). A game dealer’s licence is also required for those wishing to deal in game.

There is no requirement for a game licence on Guernsey. In Jersey there are no game seasons and therefore a game licence is not required.

SHOTGUN
LICENCE

The UK has some of the most rigorous gun laws in the world which we can explain in detail if required. We can only hire shotguns to people who hold and present an original and valid UK Shotgun Certificate.

If you require a temporary licence, we can arrange through our Visitor Permit Service for EU and Non-EU visitors wishing to shoot in the UK.

Under UK law, all hire guns must be collected in person by the licence holder. Hire guns must be returned by the licence holder between 9 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday. We cannot accept returns of hire guns on Sundays. By law the maximum period for gun hire cannot exceed 72 hours.

WE'RE
HERE TO HELP

Talking to us is easy. We’re always happy to help with any questions you may have about gun maintenance or storage, the sport, or purchasing a new gun. Use any of our contact details below, or fill out our contact form.

Monday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday  (1st August – 31st Jan) 12noon – 5 pm

By appointment times for existing storage customers:
Monday – Friday 7 am – 7 pm
Saturday 7 am – 6 pm
Sunday 12noon – 5 pm By Appointment only

Call us on: +44 (0) 207 351 0005
Email us at: info@londonguncompany.co.uk

Our Address:
498 Kings Road
London
SW10 0LE