AS the tourists head home, the French countryside will once again return to la chasse as the hunters and their dogs head off into the forests and fields.
Details of the the opening and closing dates for the hunting season of individual départements are available online, which provides details of when different species of animal can be hunted.
The information sheets also provide details on individual rules the hunters have to respect, such as how some species can be hunted and when dogs can be used.
La chasse is probably one of the most unsettling features of French country life for many people, it can be a little disconcerting to see a group of armed hunters and their barking hounds sweeping through a forest.
If you are on a walk it is usually best to be very aware of your position and head the other way if possible, unless you can actually see the hunters and they are able to shepherd you through.
Also if you are out with your own dog then try to ensure they are on a lead, I have seen hunting dogs get agitated when other dogs are close by and I always keep my own dog close to me.
If you are a land owner with a large amount of property it is possible for you to ask that the local hunt do not cross it.
This French Life has featured in the past how to close off your land to la chasse, you will need to complete a form and have some patience.
But it is possible and while you may face some opposition and the procedure can take some time it is one way to ensure a little peace and quiet come the weekend.
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And just look how the chasseur in your picture is holding his gun! No wonder people are wary of them.
Posted by: J Roger Clifford-Banks | 08 August 2013 at 14:50
No wonder we dont have any wildlife as there is no control in this area, we never see any adult dear and I have seen the hunters soot birds for no reason and leave them on the ground and walk off.
They also shoot across roads and stop people enjoying the countryside.
Posted by: William Hannant | 11 August 2013 at 20:22