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Hunting Seasons for Wild Birds in Rep. of Ireland 2012
SPECIES OPEN SEASON
Red Grouse 1st September to September 30th
Red-legged Partridge 1st November to January 31st
Cock Pheasant, Woodcock 1st November to January 31st

Game Birds

Ireland with its crystal clear inland waterways, craggy islands, majestic salt and fresh water marshes, secluded woods and plentiful bogs, boasts some of Europe's most perfect hinterlands for thriving residential populations of game birds. Expertly managed in commercial hatcheries by long established Gun clubs, there are over 20 prolific species found throughout the country, available for your shooting pleasure in almost endless abundance. Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Red Legged Partridge, Curlew, Grey Lag, Canada Geese, Ruddy Duck, Golden Plover, Snipe, Wood Pigeon, to name but a few, are some of the select quarry of the pristine and unspoiled Irish countryside.

Red Grouse

Red Grouse are an indigenous game bird in Ireland with the population estimated at approximately 4,200 native birds. This number swells in autumn with captive birds being released into the wild for the hunting season.

Red Grouse can be found in several areas throughout Ireland in woodland settings, bog and marshy land with the exception of the midland counties where numbers seem to decline. The hunting season stretches from September 1st to September 30th and the highest numbers tend to be found in areas where heather is in abundance. The Red Grouse will move its location if early ground frost or snow occurs moving to windswept ledges and lower ground.

Red legged Partridge

Red-legged Partridge are not indigenous to Ireland but were introduced in the past thirty years primarily for game shooting. Part of the pheasant family, this species can be found on dry lowlands such as farmland and open stony areas. The hunting season stretches from November 1 st to January 31st with birds more likely to run than fly when flushed but if necessary will fly a short distance.

Cock Pheasant

Pheasants are not indigenous to Ireland but were introduced to this country primarily for game shooting. Their numbers increase in September with captive birds being released into the wild for the hunting season. Pheasant can be found in several areas throughout Ireland but mostly visible in fields and alongside roads. The hunting season stretches from November 1st to January 31st and they are widespread throughout the country with the exception of the west.