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Introduction

France is a well-known country in Western Europe. It is washed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The western and northern parts of France consist of valleys. The central and the eastern regions hold the mountains of Massif Central, Vosges and Jura. The Pyrenees form the southwest border of France, and the highest mountains of Western Europe, the Alps, lie in the southeast.

France is a beautiful country with a rich cultural heritage and a great number of historical and architectural sites of different eras and civilizations. You will be charmed by the astonishing palaces and castles, breath-taking beauty of the cathedrals and by the iconic museums. The famous French cuisine and refined vines leave no one half-hearted. Splendid nature and mild climate make a perfect background for the successful hunting.

Hunting season

European Mouflon, Pyrenean Chamois, Chartreuse Chamois – mid-September – end of January
Corsican Mouflon – October - January
Alpine Chamois – mid-September – end of December
Vercors Chamois – mid-September – mid-November and mid-December – end of February
Pheasant – October – end of February

Trophy

Alpine Chamois

Alpine Chamois

Shoulder height 28-31 inches (71-79 cm). Weight 65-110 pounds (29-50 kg). Summer coat is light brown. Winter coat is very dark brown to black, contrasting sharply with white areas of head, throat and rump, and with the dark facial mask very pronounced.

Chartreuse Chamois

Chartreuse Chamois

Recognized as a different sub specie from the Alpine Chamois

Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer

Shoulder height 36-43 inches (91-109 cm). Weight 140-220 pounds (64-100 kg), sometimes more. Females are smaller. Medium-sized, with more color variations than any other deer.

Mouflon

Mouflon

Shoulder height 26-30 inches (66-76 cm). Weight 70-100 pounds (32-45 kg). One of the world’s smallest wild sheep, resembling a slim domestic sheep except that it has a normal coat of hair, any wool being concealed beneath. Upper parts are reddish-brown with a pale (almost white) saddle patch in the winter coat. Underparts, rump, lower legs and muzzle are white. There is dark neck ruff but no bib. The horns usually grow in a tight circle, with the tips turned inward toward the face and broomed back to about a three-quarter curl. In a purebred European Mouflon, the tip-to-tip spread should not be the widest spread. Mouflon, especially an old male with large horns, is a fine game animal that is difficult to hunt. It is the only sheep that is mainly nocturnal and lives in thick cover.

Pyrenean Chamois

Pyrenean Chamois

Shoulder height 29-30 inches (74-76 cm). Weight 55-90 pounds (25-41 kg). Summer coat is reddish, turning brown in winter. Underparts are pale. Rump, throat, lower jaw and front of face are yellowish. Larger and darker than the Cantabrian chamois, with longer, thicker horns.

Red Deer

Red Deer

The largest of all Red Deer. The antlers are usually darker than those from other Red Deer.

Reeves’s Pheasant

Reeves’s Pheasant

Males measure 83 inches (210 cm) long and weigh around 3 pounds. The male is brightly plumaged with a scaled golden white and red body plumage, grey legs, brown iris and bare red skin around the eye. The head is white with a black narrow band across its eyes. The male has an extremely long silvery white tail barred with chestnut brown. The tail can measure up to 7.9 feet (2.4 m) long. A great trophy with a high and fast flight.

Roe Deer

Roe Deer

Shoulder height 25-36 inches (64-92 cm). Weight 44-81 pounds (20-37 kg). The smallest and most elegant native Deer in Europe. Coloration is rich reddish-brown in summer, with a grey face, white chin and black muzzle band. Rump patch is obscure. Winter coat is grayish-brown. Tail is small and white, invisible against the rump. Normal antlers of a mature buck consist of a main beam directed upward, with a lower forward tine and a higher rearward tine making three points to a side. (However, non-typical antlers with 4-5 points on a side are not uncommon.) Antlers have a very rough burr (coronet) around the base, and grow so closely together that the coronets usually touch in mature animals. The skull is broad, with a compressed muzzle. The female does not grow antlers, but occasionally will grow coronets without any antler growth. European Roe Deer have adapted well to civilization, with numbers increasing and range expanding.

Vercors Chamois

Vercors Chamois

Recognized as a different sub specie from the Pyrenean Chamois. The Vercors Chamois is recognized by OVIS.

Hunting territory

Best hunting grounds are used all over the country. Most of them are private hunting territories. The region of the hunt depends on the trophies desired. Pheasant hunting grounds are located within a 40-minute drive from Paris. Chamois and Mouflon hunts are organized in the mountains – Alps and Pyrenees.

Hunting

Bird hunting can be by stalking or driven hunts. Driven hunts can be also organized in the same grounds for the red deer, mouflon, fallow deer and roe deer. If your desire is a great trophy of mouflon or chamois, get ready for the real mountain hunt. These species are hunted by stalking and require good physical fit.

Route

You will need to arrive to the international airport of Paris, the capital of France. Many international airlines fly to Paris, including Lufthansa, Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, Swiss, Qatar Airways, American Airlines, Emirates, Delta etc. After finishing the necessary customs formalities, you will be transferred to the hunting area. Depending on the desired trophy, it can be a plane, train or car transfer.

Accommodation

The accommodation will be chosen according to your request. Many different hotels and lodges are available ranging from simple small family owned houses to luxury ancient castles.

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