This was felt particularly so during the past few months where I watched a doe and her two fawns slowly find their feet, popping up in the long grass or disappearing into the woods at the edge of a field.
But that fragility was rocked with the return of the chasse earlier this month, and whilst I saw them again a few days after, I've not seen them since the second weekend of the chasse took place.
But are times changing a little? A recent survey undertaken by anti-chasse group, Association pour la protection des animaux sauvages (ASPAS), found that 78% of people were keen to see a Sunday ban for the chasse.
The survey found that many people were worried to go out into the countryside if hunters were in the area, sadly walkers have been shot dead in the recent past and others have sustained injuries.
I also wonder if the tourism world is changing with more and more people looking to take weekend breaks out of the main season, something you are less likely to do if you come up against a group of hunters when on your bike.
There is a safety angle to the shooting of deer as they can cause road accidents, and crops can be damaged by wild boar, but will we see increased restrictions on la chasse as changing tastes come to the fore?
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