La Chasse, The Hunt

Runrabbit not ready


for shooting and skinning


for boiling and slicing,


jugged in the jars lining the walls


of the timber hut with the corks and the vats,


the bottled duck and the bottled pig


the andouillette and the goose’s gizzards


the cider and Calva –


all tipped up by wild boar.




Reports of fatal accidents caused by hunters in France abound each year. The main cause of accidental deaths during the hunting season 2016/2017 (50% of cases) was the non-respect of the 30 degree angle at which the gun should be held. Photo DDM, archives, source


Dates for the opening of the hunting season in France is determined by prefectoral decree for each Department.

Figures are not easy to come by, but it is reported that the number of hunters in France are in decline, due to the older generation dying off, the cost of permits, ammunition, equipment and hunting dogs.