Hunting in France | What You Need to know


The law of 2 March 1844 is still the basis of the organization of hunting as a whole. The game is then considered as an object of gathering and no one at the time thought about managing its numbers or protecting the biotopes. This legislation has largely continued since then, supplemented by various provisions adopted during the 20th century. This law defined, among other things, the legal hunting periods (according to the reproduction of the animals), the hunting license and allowed only hunting with firearms and hunting in the wild2.

The creation of specialized institutions (Higher Hunting Council, Hunters’ Federation) took place in 1941. In 1956, the former Forestry and Forest Administration instituted a contractual shooting plan in certain départements through the tender specifications hunting in state forest. At the same time, the National Association of Big Game Hunters, chaired at the time by François Sommer, launched a campaign to reflect on the principles of the use of wildlife, culminating in 1963 with the Hunting Plan Act 63-754 of 30 July 1963).


Optional initially, it took fifteen years to reach its cruising speed before being made compulsory under Article 17 of Law 78-1240 of December 29, 1978 for the exercise of hunting of deer, deer and sheep. It will be necessary to wait for a decree of July 31, 1989 so that the plan of hunting is extended to the chamois and the isard.

The structure of territories is profiled through Law 64-696 of 10 July 1964, known as “Loi Verdeille”, on the creation of approved communal and intermunicipal hunting associations. The introduction of an administrative system for compensation for damage to large game originated in 1969. The obligation to satisfy a preliminary examination for the issue of the hunting license took place in 1975. These developments in national law were accompanied design and implementation of international and community law relating to the conservation of wildlife (and particularly migratory birds).


During the 2012/2013 season, 18 people died by firearms during hunting activities. According to this very serious count 5, 15 of these victims were hunters or were directly involved in hunting activities, and 3 were completely foreign to this activity.

The ONCFS recorded 143 accidents including 16 fatalities in 2011/2012, 131 of which 18 fatalities in 2010/2011, 174 of which 19 fatalities in 2009/20106.


Safety rules must be respected at home, in the vehicle and in the field.

Hunting Safety

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Each weapon must be regularly serviced for hunter safety.

At home the weapons must be out of reach of the children but also locked up and if possible disassembled. In a vehicle any weapon must be disassembled, in a sheath and unloaded

On the ground the guns must be directed towards the ground or towards the sky and in no case towards a man or a dog. The hunter must check his guns before any manipulation. He must also hold his gun open and unloaded in the presence of another person.

When the hunter has to cross an obstacle he must always unload and open his weapon. Obviously, he must never shoot at a dwelling or hedge.


In battle, the hunter must wear a fluorescent vest or cap in order to be seen by other hunters and it must be all the more prudent that he shoots (not lead). He must spot his neighbors stationed, only loading his weapon after the start signal which consists of a long shot of hunting horn. He must not leave his post or shoot in the direction of the stalk.

He must make his shot within the limit of an angle of 30 degrees: to visualize this angle the hunter must first place two markers placed ten meters from each other (five meters to his left and five to his right ) on an imaginary line three meters ahead of him. The shot must also be fastened (ie directed in such a way that the ball sinks into the ground) and must only be carried out after the hunted species has been recognized.

It is only at the end of the beat that the hunter can leave his post and he must unload his weapon.


How To Hunt a Wild Boar

Hunting for wild boar attracts both novice hunters, and experienced, who went to a larger beast. It can be very diverse in technique and complexity and is conducted almost all the year round. Hunting for a wild boar is always a risk for the hunter himself (excluding hunt from the tower). The boar is an intelligent and powerful animal, the weight of a schnauzer can reach 200 kg, but even the weight of an adult female is enough to be a worthy opponent one on one. Wild boar is known for its unpredictability and considerable intelligence, which the beast can oppose to the hunter and his dogs.

Hunting from the camp

All hunting farms practice this kind of hunting. In autumn, boars often live on sown fields, at other times of the year, in many farms in quiet places, feeding grounds are laid, on which root crops and other food are scattered. This is the best way to control the number of wild pigs. Labazy are built in several places within sight of the feeding area or field, so hunters have the opportunity to choose shelter, given the direction of the wind. Hunting methods for wild boar The main difficulty of such organized hunting is stillness and silence while sitting on the storage and a little patience in order to let the beast on a sure shot. Hunting from the lab is safe and often proves successful, so it can be recommended to beginners. Although among experienced hunters, there are lovers to sit in silence, listen to nature and think about their own, until the beast appeared on the site. While you are at the storage, you should observe complete silence. You can not talk, smoke, if possible – move. The success of hunting depends on this. The second rule is that you should not rush with the first shot, animals will spend half an hour or more on the field, during this time they will approach your position and give you the opportunity to make a sure shot.


Hunting from a hitching

Hunting from a stint Needs a lot of preparatory work and even more patience. Sitting is arranged in the place of larvae of wild boars or on the often used trails to the places of fattening, for this the terrain must be well explored. Further, an inconspicuous shelter is made within sight. The boar does not so well distinguish danger from sight, as it smells and sounds strange smells and sounds, therefore hunters should observe the same precautions as when hunting with a storage. With the right choice of a place of sitting down and a certain luck, such hunting often brings good trophies.

Hunting with dogs

Hunting with dogs One of the most interesting types of hunting. For hunting with huskies, you will need trained baby hounds, the more experienced they are, the more likely the successful outcome of the hunt will be. The work of dogs is to track down the beast and hold it until the hunters arrive. Not all dogs can cope with wild boar, too malicious often get injured and die, some will not work with a large beast at all. Therefore, the choice of four-legged companions is of paramount importance.

Dogs are released near the site of the alleged day, then the hunters slowly approach the animals, waiting for the huskies to raise the herd. After that, you should act according to the circumstances. The beast either runs out of the bed or stands under the dogs. In any case, hunters should approach the correct shot as soon as possible without exposing the dogs to extra danger.

Hunting from the approach

Hunting with the approach The most difficult kind of hunting for wild boar. At the moment when you decided to go on a wild boar on foot for the first time, from the approach, it’s better to remember that this is a powerful and ferocious animal, which often attacks the danger and does not run at the sight of danger. In addition, the boar is extremely difficult to catch unawares, hunting with a hoard. At night, such hunting is extremely dangerous, and in the day-time the boar feeds only in very quiet places, which are not so many, so the only way to get it is to find a day’s rest. And it is not every hunter who can do this, not “pumming” the beast. To hunt from the approach should be carefully prepared: the equipment should provide a good camouflage, appropriate to the season and the weather; Clothes should not make noise; Sneak up to the beast against the wind and not on the forehead; Keep the weapon loaded and ready when approaching the beast. If the wild boar is frightened, it can jump right at you, you need to be ready for this. Hunting from the approach Hunting from the approach attracts with its complexity and unpredictability. To start hunting, you need to find a fresh trail and approximately find a place for hiking. To do this, every place possible lezhki walk around and look for the output track. If it does not exist, the approximate place of the leg is found; Then the location of the beast’s cage is calculated more accurately; The wild boar lies more often than not head to the track, against the wind. The animal sleeps very sensitively. Therefore it is necessary to sneak up to it very cautiously. Feeling (by smell) or seeing the place of resting, creeping should be even more cautious, slowing down the movement. The first shot should be successful, making it on a fixed target is not so difficult. The second chance may not be. On clear moonlit nights or evenings, if the locality is familiar to you and the places of feeding the boar are explored, you can try hunting with an approach on fat. Eating, the beast becomes less cautious, it is easier to sneak up to the distance of the right shot. It is necessary to move only when the animals eat, as soon as they stop to listen, the movement should be stopped. This method of hunting is recommended only for experienced hunters, as going to a wild boar at night is a dangerous exercise.


Hunting for wild boar can be a memorable event, it is always unpredictable. Often the outcome depends not only on the actions of hunters but also on the intelligence and experience of the beast itself. Therefore, every hunter should try to hunt for a wild boar. To get an idea of how it happens in reality, watch a video from the hunt of past years of different species and in different terrains. If you need a hunting backack check here.


Secrets of hunting a wolf on snowmobile

huntingFor most regions, the optimal hunting time for wolves with snowmobiles is January and February. But with the appropriate state of the snow cover, they are hunted in December and March. For the departure days are selected after a strong snowstorm, when the snow will heal stones, furrows, pits and hummocks. During the bad weather, hungry predators will go hunting. But during the blizzard the beast is difficult to find. Preparing for a snowmobile hunt The success of a wolf from a snowmobile largely depends on how well the area of the forthcoming hunt has been studied by the participants. It is more convenient to hunt in the area where wolves have already been shot. It is more difficult when wolves are found in undiscovered places. In any case, hunters can not do without a map, especially since it is very easy to find it for any place in our time. Orientation is necessary not only to avoid getting lost, but more to develop a strategy for the upcoming event. When planning a route, the hunters determine the distance on the map that is to be overcome. The base value is 100 km. This is how much an average snowmobile passes during the day of hunting.

huntingThe optimal number of snowmobiles to participate in the pen is usually no more than three. Using more machines is not effective and sometimes even complicates the process. In terms of mobility and consistency, the best option is two snowmobiles. With a proven tactic of action, such an escort can easily be dealt with by 5-7 wolves. It is not recommended to hunt in this way alone. There is always a risk of getting stuck, getting lost, falling into a ravine. It will be difficult to manage the situation without assistance. Usually, without a partner, a randomly encountered wolf is chased (“into the little one”), but this is already an extreme occupation. Dangerous also night hunting on snowmobiles (“from under the headlights”). Although to meet the wolf at this time is more likely.


Tracking the wolf’s track

The wolf’s track on the snowmobile The most effective method of pursuing the wolf is the tracking of the track. Search for a predator should start from the uncomfortable for its prosecution of places (reed krepi, deep ravines, etc.). Next, you need to move to wide and level sections, “squeezing” the wolf away from the natural shelters. When a trace is found, one of the hunters stands on it and the tropic at maximum speed. The partner moves as far as possible, allowing only to not lose a companion from sight. He periodically travels to the hills for a thorough examination of the surroundings with binoculars. Wolves react to the sound of the snowmobile engine already at the instinctive level and break off from the hitch long before it approaches. Therefore, the second hunter has a chance to see outgoing predators at a distance of 1-3 km and coordinate the actions of the team. To correct the actions and maneuvers when hunting for wolves, short-wave radio stations with a range of action of 30-50 km are used.

Then comes the most exciting part of the action

The pursuit of a visually perceptible animal. When the snowmobile approaches the pack, the predators rush into the rasypnoy. Slightly behind the males and the leader, trying to divert attention from the female and holding the direction toward the ravine, thickets or canes. Catching the escaping wolf, you need to keep it to the right of the snowmobile. When it remains about five meters, be level with it in speed, leave the steering wheel and shoot. When firing from the side, the lead in the half-shell is maintained. For shooting more often used canister with a diameter of 7.55 mm. Bear in mind that as the snowmobile approaches, the wolf can begin to describe the circle around the snowmobile and, following the tracks from the caterpillars, head backwards.

Tracking a wolf’s track on a snowmobile If you linger before the shot, turning the car will take a long time. With a successful shot, without stopping, pursue the next wolf. With more snowmobiles participating in the hunt, they are moving a fan, combing the terrain. The leading one in this case is the leftmost machine. Neighboring participants support visual contact. When taking a group of predators “in mites”, the individuals closest to snowmobiles are shot.


Live or give up dreams? Find the right way!


After we announced that we are about to leave Australia in the direction of Bali, we received some news, That we just should not give up and our decision is totally rushed.

However, we do not see it as giving up that we are leaving Australia, but as the right decision for us!

For a long time we have considered back and forth, especially through your words, suggestions, tips and information.

But honestly, our feeling does not tell us at present 100% “YES, let us travel further through Australia”

Find the right path: follow your feelings and your heart!


To this day, we have learned a lot about ourselves.

Better and better we can interpret our own feelings and listen to our inner being!

A pinch in the stomach pit, a bouncing heart, greetings …


We used to say “Hmmm, what can you do?”

Yes or no?

Indecision often ruled!

Today we know what to do!


And if something is not 100% right, or if we just do not feel comfortable with something, we will not force something “devil come out”.


We go the way that feels right for us personally.

And this way will lead us back to Bali to get a new energy

Afterwards, we will see more …


And so we have found the right way for us!


Postponed is not canceled

Our dream is still to see the “right” Australia.

We want to travel the west coast and we will still live this dream!

Postponed is not canceled!

autralia travel

And hey, Australia does not run away!


Our working holiday visa, known as Work & Travel visa, runs until December 2016.

So we can theoretically even fly to the west of Australia in this year and maybe even work something else.

Everything is still open and as always it is exciting!



We will always stick to our dreams and live them.

You should do the same!


Especially when it becomes difficult.

Because then, it is important that you keep your dreams very tight.


If you give up, this will always be repeated!

So stay tuned or change the plan to reach and fulfill your dream!


There will be times when it will be damn hard – so is life!

But after rain always follows sunshine!


Let’s suppose you’re starting to do sports:

At the beginning you will quickly want to stop.

But then the motto is: DRANK!


Or let’s take it you get the chance to your dream job:

At the beginning, maybe everything is the way you always wanted it to be.

After a while you will realize that the work itself, your colleagues or something else simply makes you unhappy.

Then you have to be honest with yourself and change the plan.

Because it certainly does not make you happy if you have to torture yourself to retirement to work, right?


It is always up to you to find the right path for you.

Not the way your parents think fit.

Not the way that Grandma and Grandpa preach.

Not the way your friend or partner recommends you.



It is therefore that you find your way, because only your way can make you happy and make your dreams come true.


So in the way it feels with us.

We know that we will return to Australia, but at the moment is simply not the right time for us to stay.

Our way is another way!

We hope you can understand us a bit better now and our contribution has encouraged you to find your way, or if you have found it, to go and stay firm!


Our time in Australia taught us a lot:

About ourselves, people and life!


In this sense, we are also taking our experiences from Australia and keeping all the happy moments that we were allowed to collect on our first trip to this great country!