Page 1 of 1


Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 3:54 pm
by Dan
You must follow the rules for hunting and shooting wildlife including:

There are some surprising laws about what you can hunt or shoot, when you can do it
& what equipment you can use

You can be fined or jailed for hunting illegally or causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
You must have permission from the land owner.

Firearms and shotgun certificates
You must get a certificate to use a shotgun, rifle or other firearm.

You don’t need a certificate for:

air rifles less than 12ft lb in power
air pistols less than 6ft lb in power

You can’t use:

bows or crossbows
explosives (other than the legal ammunition for a firearm)

You can shoot certain species of game birds, quarry birds and waterfowl but only during the shooting season.

Sometimes you can only shoot in certain locations, eg you can’t shoot some waterfowl above the high water line.

You can’t shoot birds in the closed season.

You must get a falconry licence to hunt birds with a falcon.

If you’re using a shotgun to shoot birds, the internal diameter of the shotgun can’t be more than 1.75 inches.

You can’t use:

a firearm that can hold more than 2 rounds of ammunition (eg an automatic or semi-automatic weapon)
artificial lighting
a sighting device for night shooting, or a device for lighting up targets

There are different rules for foxes, deer and other mammals.

Fox hunting is against the law.

You can use dogs for drag hunting and trail hunting.

You can be fined, and your dogs or hunting equipment taken away, if you break the law.

You must follow the restrictions on when you can shoot deer and what type of firearms and ammunition you can use.

You need a licence to shoot deer:

in the closed season
at night (at any time of the year)
You can’t use a vehicle to chase deer.

Other mammals
You can hunt or shoot some other mammals.

You can find a wealth of Information on the hunting seasons in the UK HERE from the BASC ( British Association for Shooting & Conservation