Ban hunting on private land

According to the main French law covering ecology and rural life - le Code de l’environnement - no one has the right to hunt on the property of others without the consent of the owner. However, very often hunting is carried out on land by default and it is necessary to show your wish to prohibit it.

30 October 2019
If you are a landowner there are steps you can take to make sure hunters do not enter your land
By Connexion journalist

If you own land and wish to put in place a hunt ban, the steps to take depend firstly on whether hunting in your area is covered by a société de chasse, which is a simple association (‘club’).

In other parts of France hunting is organised by an organisation approved by the prefecture, called an ACCA (association communale de chasse agrée) or AICA.

You can check with your mairie to find out.

In areas covered by a société de chasse you can ban hunting by sending a letter to the president of the association and a copy to your mayor.

The process is more complex where an ACCA is concerned unless the land in question is within a 150m perimeter of your home or is entirely fenced off.

In both cases you can obtain advice from the LPO or Aspas nature charities. These encourage people to declare their land as LPO or Aspas wildlife ‘refuges’ as part of the process.

LPO states that the ban is immediate and definitive as soon as you have sent the letter. However it is recommended to also put signs up.

Here is a suggested model letter by LPO, which we have translated.

Note that you will also need to provide details of the location of your land and a print out of the cadastre land registry plans (see cadastre.gouv.fr).

Cadastre details consist of letters showing the ‘section’ and then a specific ‘parcel’ number (or numbers if the area is large).

 

Objet : Pratique de la chasse sur mes terrains

Pièces jointes : plans cadastraux

Date

Monsieur le Président,

Je vous informe par ce courrier que je souhaite interdire la chasse sur mes terrains selon l’article L.422-1 du Code de l’environnement.

En conséquence, je vous demande de noter que la pratique de la chasse ne pourra pas avoir lieu sur les terrains suivants :

 – adresse, numéro de cadastre et surface + plan cadastral en pièce jointe

Cette décision de retrait étant motivée par mon engagement vis-à-vis de la protection de la nature et des oiseaux en particulier, je m’engage à interdire toute pratique de la chasse et à ne pas la pratiquer moi-même sur ces parcelles.

(A ne mettre que si vos terrains sont inscrits en Refuge LPO) Je tiens également à vous informer que ces terrains sont inscrits comme Refuge de la Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux, dont le principal objectif est de préserver la faune et la flore sauvage.

Comptant sur votre diligence, je vous prie d’agréer, Monsieur le Président, l’expression de mes sentiments les plus respectueux.

Signature

Copie à :

Monsieur/Madame [delete as appropriate] le maire de la commune de…

 

TRANSLATION

Subject: Hunting on my lands

Files attached: land registry plans

Date

Mr President

I hereby inform you that I wish to prohibit hunting on my land in accordance with Article L. 422-1 of the Environmental Code.

Consequently, I ask you to note that hunting cannot take place on the following lands:

 – address, land registry number and surface area + land registry plan attached

Since this decision to withdraw is motivated by my commitment to the protection of nature and birds in particular, I undertake to prohibit all hunting and not to hunt myself on this land.

(Only if your land is listed as an LPO Refuge) I would also like to inform you that this land is listed as a refuge of the Ligue de la Protection des Oiseaux, whose main objective is to preserve wild fauna and flora.

I trust that you will be diligent and I would ask you to accept, Mr President, the expression of my most respectful sentiments.

Signature

Copy to:

Mayor of the commune of…

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