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Young hunters are ignoring the rules

It is mainly the few younger members who bring them into disrepute

WITH reference to your recent article on Sunday hunting, my strongest complaints are directed at some of those who take part. Unfortunately, it is mainly the few younger members who bring them into disrepute.

Despite what I understand are very strict regulations, coupled with a stringent examination before being granted a licence, each year I witness incidents that make my blood run cold.

On more than one occasion in my 10 years here I have seen young, newly licensed chasseurs running across ploughed fields with loaded, unbroken guns. Shots are frequently fired well within the limits from houses and roads. Anything that moves is a target – be it a pigeon, peregrine falcon or cat.

My French friends have strongly advised me not to complain, for it will invite trouble from the family involved.

At the same time, their hunting dogs are left all summer without adequate water, their run is never cleaned out, and if a dog is injured it is usually left to fend for itself.

If I had land, I would certainly ban these people from using it. However, a British friend here, who has imposed such a ban, tells me it makes no difference – they come and shoot on it regardless.


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