Scottish Fishing and Hunting Seasons Timeline

We often get asked about the fishing and hunting seasons in Scotland, so we’ve put together a useful timeline with all the key dates.

As you can see, the seasons are not 100% straight forward (especially the fishing seasons), so do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

We’ve also highlighted a few of the “best” times to visit in terms of the best fishing / hunting or the best combination of sports available, but these are just our personal suggestions.

No matter what time of year, River & Green are experts in providing the very best sport available throughout Scotland.

  • 15th January

    River Tay Salmon Season Opens

    river tay salmon season opens

  • 01st February

    Pheasant, Partridge, Duck, Goose, Hind & Doe Hunting Ends

    01st February

  • 01st February

    Rivers Tweed, Dee & Teith Salmon Seasons Open

    river dee salmon season opens

  • 11th February

    River Spey Salmon Season Opens

    11th February

  • February 20th

    Woodcock Season Closes

  • 25th February

    River Annan & Nith Salmon Seasons Open

    25th February

  • End of February

    Grayling Fishing Ends

  • 15th March

    Brown Trout Season Opens (except for north of Scotland)

    brown trout season 15th march

    15th March

  • March 29th (roughly, no closed season)

    Pike Fishing Starts

    pike fishing season

  • April - End Of May

    Peak salmon fishing (period 1 of 2)

    spring salmon fishing scotland

    April - End Of May

  • 01st April

    Roe Buck Season Opens

    highland perthshire roe buck

  • 01st April

    Brown Trout Season Opens In The North Of Scotland

    brown trout fishing season opens north of scotland

    01st April

  • 01 May - End of September

    Peak Brown Trout Fishing

    best trout fishing Scotland

  • 15th May

    Grayling Fishing Begins

    grayling season 15th May

    15th May

  • End of May

    Sea Trout Fishing Begins

    end of may sea trout fishing begins

  • 01st June - Early July

    Peak Sea Trout Fishing

    peak sea trout season

    01st June - Early July

  • 01st July

    Red Deer & Sika Stag Seasons Open

    01st July Red deer stag season opens

  • August 01st

    Fallow Buck Season Opens

    Fallow buck hunting season opens 01st July

    August 01st

  • August 12th - "The Glorious 12th"

    Grouse Season Opens

    wing shooting in Scotland grouse walked

  • Mid August

    Roe Buck Rut

    mid august roe buck rut Scotland

    Mid August

  • End of August

    Sea Trout Fishing Ends

  • September - 30th November

    Peak salmon fishing (period 2 of 2)

    best fall salmon fishing Scotland

    September - 30th November

  • 01st September

    Partridge, Duck & Goose Seasons Open

  • 30th September

    Rivers Spey & Dee Salmon Seasons Close & Trout Season Closes

    30th September

  • 01st October

    Pheasant Season Opens

  • 01st October - 20th October

    Best Time For Combined Fishing & Hunting

    Red deer stags, sika stags, fallow buck, roe buck, pheasant, partridge, duck, goose, grouse, salmon & trout all in season!

    01st October - 20th October

  • 15th October

    River Tay Salmon Season Closes

  • 31st October

    River Teith Salmon Season Closes

    31st October

  • 05th - 15th October (roughly)

    The Red Stag Rut

  • October 20th

    Stag & Buck Seasons End

    October 20th

  • October 21st

    Deer Hind / Doe Seasons Open

    hind stalking season opens

  • November - February

    Peak Grayling Fishing

    November to February best grayling fishing Scotland

    November - February

  • 1st Full Moon In November

    Woodcock Shooting Begins

  • 15th November

    River Annan Salmon Season Closes

    15th November

  • November 15th

    Pike Fishing Ends (all boats removed from water)

  • 30th November

    River Tweed Salmon Season Closes

    30th November

  • 31st November

    River Nith Salmon Season Closes

  • December 12th

    Grouse Season Closes

    December 12th

You’ll note that some of the seasons mentioned are a little less precise than others, this is because these seasons either don’t have a closed season (e.g. pike and other coarse fishing) or the official staking season runs for longer than stalking actually takes place for, e.g. fallow buck.

The BASC website is a good resource if you are interested in precise and official seasons, beyond what happens in practicality.

If you’d like more information on hunting or fishing in Scotland, please fell free to get in touch using the contact form below or email

We also have some easy to fill-out forms which will give us all the information we need to design a bespoke hunting and fishing holiday for you; just visit our  our “Design My Holiday” page to get started.

Once you’ve sent us your completed form we will design a personalized proposal which we will send to you within 2 working days!

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