SHOOTING IN FRANCE
Snipe over dogs
Running after elusive birds...
Run after the most challenging
game birds in the muddy marsh lands of Picardy and Normandy near Le
Touquet, Deauville and Honfleur. Days trips from Paris can be organized
from early or mid August to the end of January.
First snipe's smile...
From September to December. Best runs in September,
hot day in mid August
Seashore marshes of Picardy and Normandy (near
Honfleur and Deauville) A day trip from Paris is rather easy. Snipe days can be combined with early
morning or evening duck flighting.
Common snipe and Jack-snipe. The jack snipe -bécassine
sourde- is the smallest and what we call marsh snipe (common
snipe), bécassine des marais is the most common. The
biggest -bécassine double- is very rarely met and is
the Jack snipe and the common snipe
Irish setter and
snipe - by François Lebert
Hunting snipe in France
Snipe are walked up with flushing dogs or
labrador retrievers or preferably attempted over pointing dogs. It is a
difficult art to train a dog to point them properly, and a fine
art to shoot them well to reward a nice point. Visitors are often
surprised to learn that the word "sniper" comes from snipe ! And
they often quickly understand why....
Snipe wetlands in Normandy - In the
background the port and lighthouse
Website compulsory visit
International (but very French) snipe society / Club international des
chasseurs de bécassines.
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