When does the hunting season start in your part of France?

When does the hunting season start in your part of France?
Hunter walking with his shotgun in Vouvray, Central France. Photo: AFP
Across rural France, people are getting ready for the start of the hunting season, which roughly runs from September to February. But the period during which people are allowed to hunt varies by département.

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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September 13th:

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

September 20th:

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.


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  1. More death and mayhem by violent men. I wonder what happened to the hunters responsible for the dogs that mauled a pregnant woman to death last year? I bet they’ve got away with it

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