Deer Hunting Licences 2017/2018 Season

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 until 1st September.

Wild deer open season dates for 2017/2018 are available here.

A Statement by the Minister on the requirement for Certificate for licensed deer hunters can be found here.

If you held a licence for the 2016/2017 deer hunting season, you will receive a letter in late April advising you to make an application for the new season which, if you require a new licence, should be made as soon as possible.

Apply before the end of June 2017.

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 (42 Hectares). However, if you are applying to hunt deer on your own lands, the 100 acre (42 hectare) requirement does not apply.

The 2017/2018 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 emailing or contacting:

Wildlife Licensing Unit,  
National Parks and Wildlife Service,
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht,
7 Ely Place,
Dublin 2, D02 TW98.
Tel: (01) 888 3298 or (01) 888 3275 or (01) 888 3249