Seasonal Game

A Tasty Choice

Game is wild, natural and free range with a distinctive flavour making it a great alternative other meats. As it is low in cholesterol and high in protein Game is one of the healthiest meats available today.

What is available when?

We stock a wide range of seasonal game when in season (generally the winter months – see the table below for more details). Our range typically includes:

Pheasant, Partridge, Pigeon, Mallard, Grouse, Rabbit, Venison and Hares

Let us know what you need and we can source it for you if not already available in the shop.

seasonal game

We do have fresh venison at other times of year depending on availability. We can also supply frozen game out of season.

Game can only be shot during specific times of the years and a basic guide to the shooting seasons is given in the table.

Please get in touch, we can help with your game requirements.

Game Species Season Dates
Grouse 12th August (Glorious Twelfth) to 10th December
Pheasant 1st October to 1st February
Partridge 1st September to 1st February
Duck and Goose 1st September to 31st January
Hare 1st August to 29th February
Red Deer Stags 1st August to 30th April (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
1st July to 20th October (Scotland)
Red Deer Hinds 1st November to 31st March (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
21st October to 15th February (Scotland)
Sika Deer Stags 1st August to 30th April (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)
Sika Deer Hinds 1st November to 31st March (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
21st October to 15th February (Scotland)
Fallow Deer Bucks 1st August to 30th April
Fallow Deer Does 1st November to 31st March (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
21st October to 15th February (Scotland)
Roe Deer Bucks 1st April to 31st October (England and Wales)
1st April to 20th October (Scotland)
Roe Deer Does 1st November to 31st March (England and Wales)
21st October to 31st March (Scotland)

Latest seasonal game posts from the Butchers Blog

  • game season 2021

2021 Game Season

Now the summer is over we can start to enjoy the 2021 game season. It is the best time of year for these wild meats and we have plenty of choice on our counter.

  • venison ragu in a bowl

Venison Ragu With Pasta

This is a very simple recipe for a venison ragu but it makes a delicious and hearty supper. Venison is leaner than beef making it a healthy option with a richer taste.

  • Pot Roast Partridge

Pot Roast Partridge With Celeriac

Partridge is an ideal bird if you’re cooking for two people. The salt-baked celeriac makes an interesting change from roast potatoes.  It takes a little longer in the preparation but well worth it for an impressive looking, and very tasty meal.

  • roast pheasant ramen noodles

Roast Pheasant Ramen Recipe

Try this recipe for traditional ramen noodles with roast pheasant.  Ramen has a reputation as a warm, nourishing meal that is full of satisfying flavour. Pheasant ramen definitely qualifies as a comfort food.

  • pheasants on our counter

Pheasant Season Cooking Tips And Recipes

Pheasant season in the UK begins on the first of October and ends the first of February. They make a fine meal and the flavours go well with many other autumnal flavours such as apples, berries, mushrooms and chestnuts.