In France, hunting is strictly regulated. To hunt in France, you must have a valid hunting license. This license permits you to hunt in a certain region for a set length of time. The term for hunting in French is chasse. When you go chasse, you go hunting deer. There are three main types of deer in France: roe deer, fallow deer, and sika deer.
Deer are protected by law in France. It is illegal to kill them except as punishment for crime or during a game preserve's annual season.
Hunting licenses are available from local authorities or from the government office that regulates hunting (the "Préfecture"). You can find information on how to get a license at www.chassetoutre-france.com. In addition to the basic requirement of being at least 17 years old, other conditions may apply depending on where you want to hunt and what type of license you need. For example, if you plan to shoot deer during a closed season or on private property, you will need permission from the owner or someone representing him/her.
It is important to remember that hunting is licensed separately in each department (region) of France. So even if you have a valid license for one region, you cannot use it in another department without also obtaining a license for this area.
Today, sportsmen from all over the world may enjoy hunting in France. France, one of Europe's largest countries, still contains vast woodland regions, meadows, and mountain ranges where red deer, fallow deer, roe deer, wild boar, mouflon, alpine chamois, and Pyrenean chamois may be found. Hunters may use firearms, crossbows, and traps for game animals.
France has some of the most restrictive gun laws in Europe, but this does not mean that hunters cannot enjoy themselves here. Hunting with a firearm is allowed only for sportsmen who have legal permission to carry arms. This permission can be obtained by applying in writing to the prefecture (the regional government office) where you live or work.
A permit is required for every single shot fired, so multiple-day hunts are not allowed. Firearms must be returned to their owners at the end of the season. If your firearm is confiscated by police during hunting hours, you will need to go to court to get it back.
Hunting with a crossbow is allowed without a permit as long as you obey certain rules. For example, you must be at least 14 years old to apply for a license, and you must not be under 16 if you want to hunt with a compound bow.
Traps are used mainly for small game hunting, such as squirrels, rabbits, stoats, weasels, and marmots.
Hunting is the third most popular sport in France, with over 1 million official hunters in the country. There are rules in place, at either a national or local level, which limit the number of animals of a specific species that can be hunted in any one season.
The main purpose of hunting laws is to ensure sustainable management of wildlife resources while promoting the conservation of animal species. Certain animals are protected by law, including lions, elephants, and whales. Other species may only be hunted under special circumstances, such as during times of famine. Each state decides what species may be hunted and how many animals may be taken.
Taxidermists prepare their trophies for display or sale. Hunting preserves have appeared throughout France as a way for wealthy landowners to offer their own version of "big game" hunting. These preserves usually include large areas of forest surrounded by fields where other species can be hunted. They can also include open grasslands with a few trees for shade. Taxidermists who work for these preserves capture and kill animals according to the owners' instructions. They then dress and mount the animals's hides on mannequins or actual people for display purposes.
France has some of the best preserved forests in Europe, so there is plenty of opportunity to hunt deer, boar, bear, and other forest animals. Hunters rely mainly on shotguns and rifles for taking game, although pistols are also used occasionally.