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What is Wildfowling?

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Wild fowling is the practice of hunting wild birds, usually for food. It has been practised since ancient times and continues to this day in many parts of the world. Wild fowling can be done with a variety of weapons, but the most common is the shotgun.

Shotguns are effective for wild fowling because they can kill multiple birds with one shot. This is important because wild birds are often difficult to track and retrieve. Many wild fowlers use decoys to attract birds within range of their shotguns. Once the birds are close enough, the hunter will take aim and fire. The bird or birds will then be retrieved and brought back to camp for food. In some cases, the wild fowl may be used for other purposes such as taxidermy or trophy hunting. Whatever the purpose, wild fowling is an age-old tradition that continues to this day.

Wildfowling offers shooters the opportunity to explore the great wildernesses around the UK. We offer this in various areas from Scotland, Wales and England.

Staying well camouflaged and having the right equipment are vital to the success of your day. 

 

Benefits of Wild Fowling

Here are some of the many benefits that you get from wild fowling;

  • Experience the thrill of the hunt
  • Meet new people and socialise
  • Good physical exercise
  • Experience attending a sporting event and being part of a group
  • Enjoy the outdoors and nature
  • Feel the satisfcation of providing food for your table
  • De-stress yourself from business or personal life
  • Adventure in the outdoors

Animal Hunting Seasons

This year's animal hunting seasons are finally here! After much anticipation, hunters all across the country can now head out into the great outdoors and pursue their favourite game. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a new hunter, make sure to brush up on the rules and regulations for your state before hitting the trails. Plan ahead with us and be safe out there! Further details of the below hunting seasons can be found here.

Grey Partridge

September 1st 2022 - February 1st 2023

Northern Ireland - Oct 1 – Jan 31

Isle of Man - Protected (ban in force)

Pheasant

October 1st 2022 - February 1st 2023

Northern Ireland - Oct - Jan 31

Isle of Man - Oct 1 - Jan 31

Red-legged Partridge

September 1st 2022 - February 1st 2022

Northern Ireland - Oct 1 – Jan 31

Isle of Man - Oct 1 – Jan 31

Red Grouse

August 12th 2022 - December 10th 2022

Northern Ireland - Aug 12 – Nov 30

Isle of Man - Aug 25 – Oct 31

Black Grouse

August 20th 2022 - December 10th 2022

Somerset, Devon and New Forest: Sep 1 – Dec 10)

Ptarmigan

August 12th 2022 - December 10th 2022

Scotland only.

Duck & Goose (inland)

September 1st 2022 - January 31st 2023

Isle of Man - Sep 1 – Jan 31

Ducks - July 1 – Mar 31 - Geese**

(**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 here)

Duck & Goose (below HWM)

September 1st 2022 - February 20th 2023

Northern Ireland - Sep 1 – Jan 31

Isle of Man - Sep 1 – Jan 31 - Ducks Jul 1 – Mar 31 – Geese **

HWM – High Water Mark of ordinary spring tides England, Wales and Scotland: Any area below the high-water mark of ordinary spring tides Isle of Man: ** 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 here.

Common Snipe

August 12th 2022 - January 31st 2023

Northern Ireland - Sep 1 – Jan 31

Isle of Man - Sep 1 – Jan 31

Jack Snipe

September 1st 2022 - January 31st 2023

Northern Ireland only.

England and Wales - Protected

Scotland - Protected

Isle of Man - Protected

Woodcock

October 1st 2022 - January 31st 2023

Scotland - Sep 1 - Jan 31

Golden Plover

September 1st 2022 - January 31st 2023

Isle of Man - Protected

Coot/Moorhen

September 1st 2022 - January 31st 2023

Northern Ireland - Protected

Isle of Man - Protected

Brown Hare

January 1st 2022 - December 31st 2022

Scotland - Open season Oct 1 – Jan 31

Northern Ireland - Aug 12 – Jan 31*

Isle of Man - Brown or common hare - Oct 1 – Jan 31

* The Special Protection Order previously issued to give Irish hare additional protection is no longer in place and therefore the Irish Hare is now subject to an open season as above.

In England and Wales under the Ground Game Act 1880 occupiers of land have an inalienable right to kill and take ground game concurrent with any other person holding such a right. Occupiers or a person authorised by them, acting under the authority of this act may only kill or take ground game on moorland between 1 September and 31 March inclusive. Further under Section 1 (3) and Ground Game Amendment Act 1906 Section 2) Firearms may only be used for such purposes between 11 December and 31 March.

In Scotland, the occupier of the land or persons authorised by them may kill rabbit throughout the year on moorland and unenclosed land (not being arable) by all legal means but only by means of firearms during the period from 1 July to 31 March inclusive (Section 1 (3) of the Ground Game Act 1880 as modified by the Agriculture (Scotland) Act 1948). Hares are subject to a close season (Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011) (see above).

Moorland and unenclosed land does not include arable land or detached portions of land less than 25 acres which adjoins arable land.

Rabbit

January 1st 2022 - December 31st 2022

Scotland - Jan 1 – Dec 31 - No close season however certain restrictions can apply, see below.

Northern Ireland - Rabbit is classed as a pest and therefore not subject to a close season.

Isle of Man - No close season.

 

* The Special Protection Order previously issued to give Irish hare additional protection is no longer in place and therefore the Irish Hare is now subject to an open season as above.

In England and Wales under the Ground Game Act 1880 occupiers of land have an inalienable right to kill and take ground game concurrent with any other person holding such a right. Occupiers or a person authorised by them, acting under the authority of this act may only kill or take ground game on moorland between 1 September and 31 March inclusive. Further under Section 1 (3) and Ground Game Amendment Act 1906 Section 2) Firearms may only be used for such purposes between 11 December and 31 March.

In Scotland, the occupier of the land or persons authorised by them may kill rabbit throughout the year on moorland and unenclosed land (not being arable) by all legal means but only by means of firearms during the period from 1 July to 31 March inclusive (Section 1 (3) of the Ground Game Act 1880 as modified by the Agriculture (Scotland) Act 1948). Hares are subject to a close season (Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011) (see above).

 

Moorland and unenclosed land does not include arable land or detached portions of land less than 25 acres which adjoins arable land.

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Northampton, England

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Northampton, England

Pigeon shooting/Duck and geese in season.

Located in different Northampton areas. We have over 4000 acres of great crop land on the banks of the River Teme. You pay a fee per day and claim back 50% from the club.

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Sutherland, Scotland

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Sutherland, Scotland

Wild Fowling Area - Loch Calder - Sutherland - Scotland

Geese and Duck only over loch. (300 acres)

 

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Duck and Geese Areas - UK Wide

Please ensure you are familiar with the respective rules and regulations of each of these wildfowling clubs. We need to ensure good relationships with them and you need to be a BASC-insured member to access most of these areas, we thank BASC for allowing us access. At all times please report back to us and let us know your bag for the day via a 100-word report. Note there may be restrictions on how many duck geese you may take as well as what and where you can shoot and can’t due to tides and weather severity. You may need to be accompanied by a club member.

How it works; you choose where you want your wildfowl experience, we will pick up part of your cost on receipt of proof of payment and we will reimburse you up to a maximum of £40.00 per season only. Unless stated otherwise.

Information on the BASC Wildfowling Scheme

Information on the General licences

 

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