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 hunting district. Our partner has more than 60,000 hectares of hunting. The terrain is extremely beautiful, fertile and varied. It is relatively mountainous with “gentle hills”, woodlands, plenty of hedgerows, small copses, grassy meadows, steep, narrow ravines, and farmland growing a wide range of crops including wheat, sunflowers, maize, pasture and more. It provides one of the best reedier habitats that we have come across. Hunting pressure is limited, and there is a great chance of shooting a very good mature buck.
During the years that we‘ve been offering roebuck hunts here, medal winning bucks have been shot annually, including a number of gold medal standard.
The best period to hunt roebuck is in June, July and up to 10th August. However in September it is possible to combine a roebuck hunt here with hunting for red deer, or for chamois in a different district.
A maximum of 3-4 hunters can hunt here at the same time, and you can choose between hunting 1:1 or 2:1. If you choose 1:1 guiding a maximum of 2-3 can hunt the same district simultaneously. The hunt is a blend of lying in wait and stalking, with stalking being the predominant form of hunting.
The French hunting guides are very experienced, but please don’t expect them to anything other than French, but as everywhere else, hunting has it’s own universal “language”. The hunt manager and most of his permanent staff do speak good English however.