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Wildlife & Countryside

Game licences

New regulations to reform game licensing in England and Wales only, came into force on 1 August 2007 and have:

  • removed the restriction on dealing in game birds and venison during the close season. This means that any person will be allowed to sell game and venison all year round provided the animals in question were only killed in the open season;
  • removed the requirement for a licence to kill or take game; and
  • removed the requirement for two licences for game dealers to sell game.

More guidance for game dealers and retailers on implementing the new regulations can be viewed at

A licence to kill or take game in Scotland is still required.  Game licences for Scotland can be obtained from main Post Offices in Scotland.

Page last modified: 23 October 2008
Page published: 23 October 2008

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs