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Thus, red grouse and ptarmigan may not be killed or taken between 10 December and 12 August; black game between 10 December and 20 August or, in Somerset, Devon and the New Forest, 1 September; partridges between 1 February and 1 September; and pheasants between 1 February and 1 October3. The penalty for killing or taking any of these kinds of game in the prohibited period is a fine not exceeding level 1 on the standard scale
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