When it comes to hunting and shooting in the UK there are of course rules in which need to be adhered to, and today we plan on covering some of these for you. We are going to be disusing what you can shoot and hunt, when you can do it and what equipment you are allowed to use. You have to follow the rules – if not you can be fined or jailed for hunting illegally or causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

  • You must have permission from land owners when shooting/hunting
  • You must get a certificate to use a shotgun, rifle or other firearm
  • You do not need a certificate for air rifles up to12ft lb in power or air pistols up to 6ftlb in power
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  • You can’t use bow or crossbows
  • You can’t use explosive other than the legal ammunition for a firearm




You are allowed to shoot certain species of game birds, quarry birds and waterfowl providing that it is during shooting season. Some of the birds which you can shoot some of the time include pheasant, grey partridge, red-legged partridge, red grouse, black grouse, duck, goose, common snipe, jack snipe, woodcock, golden plover, coot/moorhen.

You can’t shoot birds in the closed season and to hunt birds with a falcon you must get a falconry licence.

If you are going to be using a shotgun to shoot birds the internal diameter of the shotgun cannot be more than 1.75 inches. You can’t use a firearm that can hold more than two rounds of ammunition, artificial lighting or a sighting device for night shooting.



The main two mammals in which people in the UK are interested in shooting are foxes and deer, so these are what we will cover today:

Foxes – It is against the law to hunt foxes with a pack of dogs however you are allowed to use dogs to simulate hunting for example ‘drag’ or ‘trail’ hunting.  Your dog’s cannot go underground to find foxes unless they are threatening wild game birds kept for shooting. You must shot foxes quickly after they are found, and must have permission from landowners.

Deer – To shoot a deer it is imperative that you have a licence and that you only shoot in the closed season or at night. You at now cost can use a vehicle to chase a deer, this is illegal.



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