Applications for Deer Hunting Licences are considered under Section 29(1) of the Wildlife Act 1976 to 2012. Licences are issued on an annual basis from early August, but not before, as the licensing season does not start generally until 1st September. Wild deer open season dates for 2016 / 2017 are available here.
If you held a licence for the 2015 – 2016 deer hunting season, you will receive a letter advising you to make an application for the new season which, if you require a new licence, should be made as soon as possible.
If you are a new applicant, you must complete the application form and have permission from a landowner(s) to hunt deer on land of at least 100 acres. The 2016/2017 Deer Hunting Circular, application form, guidance note and landowner permission form can be downloaded or, alternatively, copies of the documents can be posted to you by contacting:
Wildlife Licensing Unit,
National Parks and Wildlife Service,
Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs.
7 Ely Place,
Dublin 2, D02 TW98.
Tel: (01) 888 3275 or 888 3298