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France

Outfitters we deal with in France:

The relationship between England and France has historically been bitter-sweet with shared monarchy and our close proximity both geographically and culturally contributing to the friction and rivalry that precedes us. 

Fellow partners in Europe, many of us have rejoiced in the Country which at approx 5 times the size of the UK but with a similar national population, the rural regions of which there are many almost always seems remote and uninhabited to the visitor hailing from the densely populated and manic British Isles. 

It is with mixed emotions that I give credit to the French for adopting the ‘two-fingered salute from Agincourt’ towards much of European protocol when it comes to preserving their culture heritage and tradition. Too quickly have we British surrendered our Sovereignty and values to Brussels and the American ‘Burger’ culture of convenience foods, high pressure and a fast pace of life while our Franco-neighbours have fought hard to preserve their customs and traditions, especially when it comes to fine wines, fresh local foods and the celebration of life! 

To the outsider it sometimes seems that the French will eat practically anything with little going to waste and their fine tradition of hunting remains undiluted, something which appears unusual in comparison to an increasingly ill-informed, biased and ‘PC’ Britain, and yet we have so much else in common that I must applaud them for protecting and preserving that which is important to them, if only we had done the same, allowing our French nickname of ‘Le Roast beefs’ to still hold relevance, especially since they do not know what ‘Chicken Tika Massala’ is! 

The British model of local government deferring to London and Brussels is irrelevant in France as they never abandoned their almost feudal system of local administration and management. As such hunting opportunities across France are very variable dependant on the location and local Mayor’s policies and views. This is something which has a direct influence of gun control, safety and the methodology of hunting with some returning hunters likening their experience to a shoot out in the Wild West! Much of the hunting IN France is still organised and supervised via regional Hunting Clubs although the international hunter may not always be welcome within such an environment. Fortunately there are some excellent Private Estates who welcome international tourists for hunting while some of the better ones embrace the families and non-hunting guests of their clients in order to provide a memorable visitor experience in one of the World’s most breathtaking locations. 

Gun hunting is tightly controlled in France in terms of the species that may be hunted and the people who may hunt. A person must undergo exams and evaluations in order to get a permit. Here is information on shooting seasons and how to get a licence. 

Hunting is tightly controlled in France. No one may hunt without a valid hunting licence. The licence permits the holder to hunt in a given territory, for a given period. A licence must be renewed (validated) each year. 

Seasons are managed at a regional level to compliment the ecological needs of the area and its animal and bird life: the dates of the opening and closing of hunting seasons depend on the département and the animal species.

While the season generally opens in September and runs until the end of February the opening is decided by the regional préfet (contact the local préfecture for dates). 

Waterfowl shooting opens in August while the shooting of many species such as partridge and migratory birds can be limited to a shorter period. Selective shooting of male roe deer may be allowed from June to September but a specific permit is needed. 

The European Firearm Licence allows hunters to go on hunting trips in all European countries, with their own weapons which are registered on this licence. There are no other formalities except those considered mandatory by the country of entry. Foreign hunters may therefore hunt in France provided that they have a European Firearms Licence mentioning the weapons being carried