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
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
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
4. After the hunt
Planning your trip
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.
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.
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
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.
Guided Rifle Hunt (Spot and Stalk) France
We will be hunting on one of our 25 hunting territoires in Pyrénées-Orientales, l’Ariège or l’Aude. Hunting seasons: Roe deer / Wild boar from June 1st until February 28th Red Stag / Wild sheep from September 1st until February 28th Chamois from 2nd Sunday of September until February 28th Please inquire about the best dates for combo hunts. In regards to CORSICAN MOUFLON, all the tags are SOLD OUT until 2023. Feel free to contact us to book yours for 2024 hunting season.
Trip duration: 2 - 7 days
Hunting season: 1 Jun 2021 28 Feb 2022
600m Shooting Range Training Package France
Whether you are a plain or mountain stalking hunter; whether you are a seasoned hunter or a beginner, who has not dreamed of mastering his shot. Like everyone else, I wondered how to get there, and knowing a "Master of Shooting", mastering all the subtleties of shooting and mastery of weapons, we thought about sharing this knowledge with the hunters wishing to master their shooting, both short and long distance. SHOOTING RANGE 600 METERS Description: The 600m shooting course is organised on the Aristée domain. The park is fully fenced, a guarantee of safety. For 3 days, you will be accompanied so that you can shoot up to 600m safely. Security: To complete this internship, participants must be in possession of the hunting license and the valid insurance or shooting license. For the internship, the sound moderator is mandatory. Pedagogy: The lessons are taught by a shooting master. Personalized work will allow everyone to take ownership of the techniques. Schedules: In the morning go to the hunting room at 8:30 a.m., departing on the shooting range. Shooting and instruction until 12:30 p.m. followed by a meal on site, resumed at 1:30 p.m. until nightfall, about 6:30 p.m., return to the castle, 8:00 p.m. evening meal. During the internships we will discuss the following topics: 1. SECURITY 2. WEAPONS, GLASSES 3. MAINTAINING THE WEAPON, POSTURE 4. THE AIMING, THE SETTING 5. THE SEQUENCE, THE COORDINATION 6. DIFFERENT POSITIONS 7. THE BASICS OF BALLISTICS 8. THE DIFFERENT SHOTS 1. BREATHING, MANAGING EMOTIONS, FLUIDITY The equipment required per day is about 60 bales, as well as ear protections. On average, 4 people can accommodate during these internships. It is possible to privatize the internship. Domaine d'Aristée (fenced area) hunts (park) red deer, mouflon, fallow deer. It is possible to take advantage of the equipment of the domain. But also training for the current wild boar and clay shooting
Trip duration: 1 - 5 days
Hunting season: 1 Dec 2020 10 Feb 2023
Roe Deer Hunt - Gers France
The roe buck stalking hunt takes place from the 1st of June up to the general opening on October 31th. 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 Gers 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 2021 10 Feb 2022
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