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Traditional duck decoy - Magnum chateau Lafite Rotschild - Bottle of Sauternes

Hunting around Bordeaux
in the region of Médoc

The countryside of Bordeaux offers a very unusual combination of  lanscapes. The forests are bordered by the Altlantic Ocean and the huge Gironde river is flowing along the vineyards of Margaux and Pauillac. If you are coming for wine business or tourism, choose the fall and winter  to discover a land of traditions and pleasures.A hunting experience in the Médoc will leave fantastic memories. We are currently arranging :  Rough shooting on Partridge & Pheasant from late September. Woodcock over dogs from November. Roebuck stalking. Wild boar waiting from high stands or on driven days in the forests of the Médoc. We can also arrange sometimes: Deer hunting with horse & hounds. Duck hunting with local water fowlers (wildfowlers). Passing woodpigeon shooting from high towers. We will put a price on simple request for any type of sojourn. Please email us. 

Sights of the Médoc...

If you look at a map, you will see that the region in the north of Bordeaux (Le Médoc), is a  point of land surrounded by the Ocean on one side and the river Gironde on the other. The western part is a huge line of dune forests scattered with big lakes. The eastern part is the kingdom of the prestigious wineries. Between forests and vineyards are found big areas of marshy lands . This is a huge region of very particular hunting landscapes.

The forest

The Médoc is a dune planted of pines...

following the Atlantic shoreline for hundreds of miles

Migrating birds also follow the shoreline and hunters wait for flocks of woodpigeon

Or ducks. Here you can see the same pine forest seen from the ocean side

There are clear parts of tall trees and younger areas with fern

offering excellent covert for woodcock and for wild boar

like in the thick pine plantations where driven days are organized

The wetlands

Our hunts are near the very picturesque seashore of Arcachon

a center of summer holiday and oyster production

The Médoc is mainly famous for its red wines, but local whites are perfect oyster companions.

Duck hunting with decoys is the old tradition of all this shoreline

The vineyards

Opposite to the forest and Ocean side, from Margaux, Saint Julien to Pauillac are found on the same road  (each following more or less the other), most of the famous wine names of the Haut-Médoc like, Beychevelle, Beaucaillou, Châteaux Latour, Talbot, Pichon Longueville, Léoville Las-Cases and Léoville-Barton, Gruau Larose, Lynch-Bages, Haut Bages Liberal. Past Pauillac are found Mouton (Mouton Rotschild), Pontet-Canet, Lafite, Cos d'Estournel, Marbuzet, Haut-Batailley and farther up the wines of Saint-Estèphe. Do we need to say that this is a major attraction of this region !

The region is usually visited in the spring or around the grape harvest but the winter has a particular charm...

Returning from a morning walk in the vineyards at Château Caronne 

The (unusual) January snow has covered roses and mimosa in flowers

Oak barrels from the forest of Tronçais

Entrance of the cellars (les chais) at Château Margaux

The woodpigeon is named "palombe" in the south west of France
Discover the traditional woodpigeon hunts of the nearby Pyrenees
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