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Hunting & Fishing

Benoît, Camille, Pops and the Baron

Every year, when the stag bells, they meet in the Gers, at Camille’s, to taste the game bagged over the previous twelve months. It becomes the occasion to complete the season by reliving the hunting parties with their host and head chef, in a colorful third half. The season begins as winter approaches with the boar and continues with deer and brocket at the rut before the ultimate pursuit: the stag in rut… which will cause them a lot of problems, but which their good humor will soon turn into a moment of pleasure.

Migrating birds of the Bay of the Seine

In the Bay of the Seine, the waterfowl hunting season began a few weeks ago. The 200 hides between the Tancarville bridge and the mouth of the Seine are occupied every night. These fine days of early September are the sign that the duck season is going to create excitement. Charles-Henri Bachelier will be our guide as we explore this special form of shooting that attracts more than 2000 hunters to the Bay of the Seine every year. Along with him, we shall experience the first days of the migration. Charles-Henri shares his hide with Edouard Reveilhac, a Norman born and bred who has hide shooting in his blood. The two of them form an inseparable duo through...

Pike in tight corners

It’s one of the moodiest of fish to be found in French waters: the pike, a predator that remains a mystery for many anglers. And yet pike have not disappeared from our waters: they are there, but you have to go and track them in their lair. All good anglers have their fishing spots, but very few of them will risk fishing in areas that are difficult and cluttered. Fear of breaking or losing costly equipment among branches and difficulty of access to these areas are the main reasons. However, not fishing in such areas is like shutting the door on one of the best spots for flushing out a pike. Choice of bait, contraptions and attractions… Vincent, Damien...

Carp fishing with Gaëtan, aka Beber, the ferret

A passionate carp fisherman, Gaëtan, or “Beber” to those who know him, is an experimental angler able to adapt to every setting and condition for fishing that he encounters in order to make the most of it. Achievements that have earned him another nickname: “the ferret”.A poet of modern times, Gaëtan will take us into his world and reveal, in lake and river, his vision of carp fishing.Gaëtan has made the carp his angling fish of choice and constantly researches into the ways of luring it. Far from fitting into the conventional image and attitude of the sedentary carp angler, Gaëtan is one of a new generation in search of excitement. We shall discover his...

Stories of Nymphs and Flies

Nicolas Germain, a son of the Jura, loves his Ain River above all others. Ever since he was a teenager, he has been relentlessly hunting the trout that frequent this waterway. An expert in sight nymph fly fishing, he changes his technique with the seasons of the year and weather conditions to best lure this fish that is so difficult to catch. Approaching slowly and stealthily, like a hunter, he moves on tiptoe in order to cast his fly in front of his target. Like many anglers, Nicolas makes his own flies, but he has acquired such a level of expertise that his creations are highly prized by his fellow fly fishermen. Over a number of days, we share Nicolas’...