Hunting has been an important part of French history and culture for many thousand years, cave paintings showing hunting scenes found in France can be dated to far back into prehistoric times. Hunting was the most important leisure activity for the French kings and aristocracy, many of whom built grandiose hunting lodges in their country estates. French literature and culture also has a rich store of hunting stories and legends.
Today there are 1,350,000 registered hunters in France, who mainly enjoy rough shooting and wild boar hunts. In 2007 the country set a quota of 600,000 roe deer, 13,500 alpine chamois, 3,100 Pyrenean chamois. 3,200 mouflon and 500,000 wild boar. The quota in general is increasing for the different species, largely due to improving game habitats, and the selective shooting policies.
Even though France is one of the world’s most important tourist destinations, practically no hunting has been available to visiting foreign hunters. We are therefore very happy to now be able to offer hunting at a number of different locations in this beautiful country, which also can offer a wealth of other attractions to visitors, which makes it an ideal destination to bring the rest of the family to. Here it is possible to combine high quality hunting with French culture, cuisine, wine and the country’s wonderful countryside.
Scientific Name: Capreolus capreolus Subspecies: We have not included any of the subspecies of Capreolus capreolus, as the authors dissagree about their status as individual subspecies. Distribution: All of Europe except Ireland, Iceland, Southern Spain and Greece. Roe Deer populations are not common to the Mediterranean islands. Habitat: Roe Deer populations are found today in most terrain...Read more
Scientific Name: Rupicapra rupicapra Subspecies: Rupicapra rupicapra (The Austrian, Swizz, German, French and Italian Alps as well as parts of the former Yugoslavia.) Rupicapra r. pyrenaica (The Pyrenees). Rupicapra r. ornata (The Abruzzian Alps, Italy) Rupicapra r. carpatica (Transsylvania) Rupicapra r. balcanica (Parts of former Yugoslavia) Rupicapra r. caucasica (Kaukasus) Rupicapra r....Read more
Scientific Name: Ovis musimon Subspecies: None in Europe. Distribution: Small isolated groups all over Europe (mostly in fenced in areas). Habitat: Prefers undulating forested areas. Description: Middle sized animal of the sheep family weighing up to 60 kg. (rams), and measuring around 80 cm over the shoulder. General colour dark brown on the back and along the flanks. A black band is...Read more
Scientific Name: Phasianus coachicus Subspecies: There are thought to be about 30 subspecies, divided into 5 groups: the Caucasus pheasants, White-winged pheasants, Mongolian ring-necked pheasants, Tarim pheasants and the Chinese ring-necked pheasants. Distribution: Native to Asia but widely introduced elsewhere. Common throughout much of Europe. Habitat: Ground dwelling bird of woods,...Read more
Scientific Name: Columba plumbus Subspecies: 6 subspecies are recognised: European wood pigeon (C. palumbus palumbus), Azores wood pigeon (C. palumbus azorica), Asian wood pigeon (C. palumbus casiotis), North African wood pigeon (C. palumbus excelsa), Iranian wood pigeon (C. palumbus iranica), Maderian wood pigeon (C. palumbus maderensis) Distribution: Abundant all year round in western Europe,...Read more
Scientific Name: Oryctolagus cuniculus Subspecies: 3 subspecies are recognised: European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus cuniculus), North African rabbit (O. cuniculus algirus), Iberian rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) Distribution: Native to southwest Europe (Spain, Portugal and western France) and north west Africa (Morocco and Algeria). Widely introduced elsewhere. Habitat: Vegetated areas,...Read more
Scientific Name: Cervus elaphus Subspecies: We recognise the following subspecies for Europe: East European Red Deer (C.e. montanus) Corsican Red Deer (C.e. corsicanus) Distribution: Red Deer is found in most European countries. Habitat: Woodland, pasture land, wetlands and moorland. Is found in lowlands as well as on high ground and in mountains. Description: Large deer weighing around...Read more
The two roe deer districts are respectively in the Gers region, close to the town of Auch , and in the Pyrenees Atlantique, where the regional center is Pau. From Toulouse it’s around a 1½ hour drive to Auch, while the districts close to Pau are circa a 3-3½ hour drive from Toulouse. It’s also possible to fly to Pau, from where it’s about an hours drive from the...Read more
Through our well known French partner in Mauritius we have now been granted access to an exclusive hunting district in the South of France just 75 km from Nice. This makes this tour absolutely perfect for a family holiday, as your family can enjoy the delights of Nice while you are out hunting. A wide range of flights to Nice are available, and we would be happy to help with making flight...Read more
As far as mountain hunters are concerned, here we can offer 2 different hunting districts. The first district, the Hautes-Pyrenees, lies south west of Toulouse in the 65th Departement close to the well known town of Lourdes. Here the hunting season is from 15th October to 15th November, and it is only possible to hunt on Saturdays and Sundays.The second district, the Pyrenees Orientales,...Read more
Our hunting district in the Dordogne lis close to the town of Sarlat. It is a very beautiful district, hilly and with varied vegetation; large forests, primarily of oak, conifers and large chestnuts, together with areas or arable farmland and meadows. The annual quota for trophy stags is not very high, and great emphasis is placed on a selective shooting policy, concentration on the oldest stags....Read more
Our partner, Julien, is both an outfitter and professional hunter, who has been carefully building up his successful company over a number of years. We have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Julien since 2012, and he has really taken great care of our hunters, giving them some great hunting experiences and some fine trophies. Julien offers roebuck hunting during the...Read more