Deer Species in Scotland
Red and Roe deer are the only native species in the UK, although Fallow deer are considered part of our natural heritage. In the past 150 years Sika, Muntjac and Chinese Water deer was introduced as park animals but escaped captivity and settled in the wild. These six species differ in their geographic distribution, abundance, population growth rate, behaviour, and impacts. Only the four largest deer species are present in Scotland.
Today it’s estimated that we have as many as 2 million wild deer in the UK and increasing.
Open Season for Deer
|Species||Sex||Open Season in Scotland|
|Red Deer||Stag / Male||1st July – 20th October|
|Hind / Female||21st October – 15th February|
|Fallow Deer||Buck / Male||1st of August – 30th March|
|Doe / Female||21st October – 15th February|
|Roe Deer||Buck / Male||1st April – 20th October|
|Doe / Female||21st October – 31st March|
Gamebirds, Hare and Wildfowl – Open season (dates inclusive)
|Pheasant||1st October – 1st February|
|Grey Partridge||1st September – 1st February|
|Red-legged Partridge||1st September – 1st February|
|Red Grouse||12th August – 10th December|
|Black Grouse||12th August – 10th December|
|Duck & Goose inland||1st September – 31st January|
|Woodcock||1st September – 31st January|
|Mountain Hare||1st August – 31st January|
|Brown Hare||1st October – 28th February|
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