This year the season kicked off on August 23rd, but depending on where you are in France the start-dates vary and many areas don't open between later in September.
Being aware of the hunting season is important for several reasons. Hunting is more popular in France than anywhere else in Europe, with over 1 million making it their pastime (10 percent of which do not have a licence).
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Here is a list of the start dates in the different départements in France:
August 23rd: Moselle, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin
July 14th: Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin
July 26th: Martinique
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Ain, Alpes-de-Haute Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardèche, Ariège (lowlands area),Aude, Aveyron, Bouches-du-Rhône, Cantal, Charente, Charente-Maritime (except Île d’Aix), Corrèze, Creuse, Dordogne, Doubs, Drôme, Gard, Haute-Garonne, Gers, Gironde, Hérault, Isère, Jura, Landes, Loire, Haute-Loire, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Lozère, Puy-de-Dôme, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Pyrénées-Orientales, Rhône, Haute-Saône, Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Deux-Sèvres (except Niort), Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Var, Vaucluse, Vienne, Haute-Vienne, Territoire de Belfort
Aisne, Allier, Ardennes, Ariège (mountains), Aube, Calvados, Charente-Maritime (only île d’Aix), Côte-d'Or, Côtes-d'Armor, Eure, Finistère, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre-et-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Loiret, Maine-et-Loire, Marne, Haute-Marne, Mayenne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Morbihan, Nièvre, Nord, Oise, Pas-de-Calais, Saône-et-Loire, Seine-Maritime, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Somme, Vendée Vosges, Yonne Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne, Val-d’Oise
September 27th: Cher, Eure-et-Loir, Indre, Loir-et-Cher, Manche, Orne, Sarthe, Deux-Sèvres (only Niort)
January 1st: La Réunion
Every year there are on average 20 deaths as a result of hunting in France. So if you live in a rural area and enjoy long walks in the countryside, here are some tips on how to get through the season safely.