The Regulatory Reform (Game) Order 2007 is now in force. The Order amends the Game Act 1831 and repeals the Game Licences Act 1860. This means that:
- it is no longer necessary to hold a game licence in order to take or kill game;
- it is no longer necessary to hold a 'local' licence (issued by Newcastle City Council) and an 'excise' licence (issued by the Post Office) in order to deal in game and,
- there are no longer restrictions on dealing in game birds and venison during the close season, i.e. game may be sold by everyone all year round provided that the animal in question was lawfully killed.
Further information can be found on the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website.