Hunting in France

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21 hunting trips from 3 outfitters starting from $1,024

21 hunts
$1,024 starting from
13 animals
7508km to the nearest trip

Why France

Hunting in France: Rich Variety of Game

Rich Variety of Game

A wide range of huntable game is available, including red, roe, and fallow deer, mouflon, wild boar, Pyrenean and alpine chamois, and world-class bird shooting

Hunting in France: Two-Thousand-Year-Old Hunting Culture

Two-Thousand-Year-Old Hunting Culture

Once the province only of the aristocracy, France’s rich hunting heritage can now be enjoyed by hunters from around the world

Hunting in France: Perfect Post-Hunt Family Vacation

Perfect Post-Hunt Family Vacation

Combine high-quality hunting with a sampling of French food, wine, and culture

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About hunting in France

The hunting tradition in France goes back at least two thousand years, and probably more. Cave paintings depicting hunting scenes have been found here that date to prehistoric times, and in more recent history, la chasse was one of the major pastimes of royalty. Today, hunting in France can be enjoyed by sportsmen from around the world. One of the largest countries in Europe, France still has sprawling forested areas, fields, and mountain ranges that are home to red deer, fallow deer, roe deer, wild boar, mouflon, alpine chamois, and Pyrenean chamois. As in much of Europe, game is managed by professional gamekeepers, primarily on private estates. In addition to big game, driven pheasant shoots as well as walk-up hunts for pigeons, partridge, and ducks are popular. Good management and habitat improvement has led to an increase in most of France’s game populations in recent years. France is Europe’s primary tourist destination, with plenty to offer in the way of food and wine as well as art and culture, so a hunt in France can easily be combined with a family vacation, wine tasting, or sightseeing.

What you need to know

  • 1. Planning your trip
  • 2. Upon arrival
  • 3. Hunting
  • 4. After the hunt

Planning your trip

Visas

Holders of passports from the EU, USA, Canada, and many other countries do not require a visa for a tourist visit to France. All hunters must have a French Hunting Permit and valid insurance covering the duration and territory of the hunt. Most outfitters can organize these in advance of the hunt.

Upon arrival

Hunters may bring their own firearms, up to two per hunter; however, you must apply in advance for a temporary import permit (for hunters from EU countries, and EU Firearms Permit is required). Contact the French consulate in your country to complete the necessary forms, or discuss the procedure with your outfitter upon booking. Be sure to declare your firearm to customs upon arrival to obtain an authorization.

Hunting

Most big-game hunting is done by spot-and-stalk or from a high seat, although boars and other game are often taken on drives. Most hunters in France use calibers in the .270 Winchester to .300 Winchester class, equipped with a variable-power scope. Shotguns with slugs are often used on drives. Traditional green or brown hunting clothing is preferred. Between November and February, warm, waterproof clothing is required. If a driven hunt is on the agenda, fluorescent vests are required; check with your outfitter to find out if these are provided.

After the hunt

Taxidermy

Export documents and veterinary inspections must be conducted on all trophies by a local taxidermist or export agent. Once this is completed, the trophies should be transferred by the taxidermist or outfitter to a customs broker for shipment, and an invoice will be sent to you.

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Big Game Hunt / Pyrenees - 2 hunters

Big Game Hunt / Pyrenees - 2 hunters France

Territories are open and municipal. We selected our territories to adapt the hunting at every level physics and to return your practicable dreams. The territories of high mountains are situated between 1800m and 2700m of heights and consist of big alpine lawns where mix gravel pits and pines with hook. Territories are very open and allow the observation of a large number of animals. The animals to hunt are generally wild boars, but also deer, roe deer and fox depending on the hunting area. Usually we do 2 hunts per day, this may vary depending on the size of the territory which can be over 1000Ha. In the mountains, unlike the plain, we hide a lot. Here the passion of the dog dominates, we mainly use large, well-fed dogs. A total change of scenery guaranteed. KEY POINTS OF THE STAY - Possibility to hunt also Chamois and Mouflon, - Discovered of Pyrénées, - Ideal that we are alone, between friends or in family, - Possibility of coming to several hunters. 3 nights / 2 days hunt option - 780 euro per hunter 2 nights / 2 days hunt option - 640 euro per hunter

Trip duration: 2 days

Hunting season: 15 Oct 2020 28 Feb 2021

Package price $1,524 for 2 days, 2 hunters
Special Gold Medal Red Stag Hunt

Special Gold Medal Red Stag Hunt France

This is a guided Red stag hunt with trophy Red Deer gold medal (195-215 points CIC) included. The hunt can be done by stalking or from high seat. The packages includes 3 days guiding and 2 nights accomodation with meals on the hunting area. We have a possibility to arrange accomodation at an ancient castle for an extra fee. Side tours that can be organized include visits to the most prestigious champagne cellars and a meal in one of the best restaurants in the world (5th in the ranking) which owners are our friends.

Trip duration: 3 days

Hunting season: 1 Sep 2020 30 Apr 2021

Package price $5,358 for 3 days, 1 hunter
Roe Deer Hunt - Haute Garonne '20

Roe Deer Hunt - Haute Garonne '20 France

The package includes 4 nights and 3 hunting days at 1100 euro plus you pay for the animals harvested. The roe buck stalking hunt takes place from the 1st of June up to the general opening on September.. You will hunt with professional or local hunter​ about six hours by day in the morning and in the evening​. The other part of the day you can stay at the swimming pool of your guest house, or you can visit the beautiful region Haute Garonne where you are accommodated. The trophies are of good quality, average trophy size is 350 gr. Each season we harvest several subjects reaching 500 gr or more, representing about 15% of the brocades drawn. Roe buck hunting season: June 1st to September, 9th Roe doe and young: September 10th to February 10th

Trip duration: 4 days

Hunting season: 1 Jun 2020 10 Feb 2021

Price from $1,679 for 4 days, 1 hunter
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