If you don't want to go through the entire training and testing procedure with the regional hunting association to obtain a full permit (Permis de Chasse) you can obtain temporary permits valid for up to three days (don't quote me as I'm a little out of touch) from the association. I understand that it may vary from Department to Department but there is usually a limit on the number of temporary permits you can have in a year (2 is normal I think).Guys I have gone and bought a house in the central loire has anyone got any experience in getting some stalking/general shooting in France or the loire in particular it will initially be a holiday home
Also if you go onto some of the Departmental association websites eg Bas-Rhin they have dummy exams you can practice on. Good luck and God speed you but above all have fun.Rafael fach if you read French and intend sitting the exam for a Permis de Chasse it would be worth your while looking out for a book in the supermarket that gives sample questions for the exam. I believe that this publication is updated every year or so and is widely available.
When was the last time you hunted in France?Basically there are two sorts of licence. A licence for target shooting, including for shotguns clay pigeons and a licence for hunting with rifled arms and/or shotguns. In truth there are some who obtain the former (as it is easier) and then go an shoot pigeons anyway. As a "visitor" you can get a temporary licence in the basis of your UK FAC and/or SGC but I am unfamiliar with how to do that. Before the late 2000s when the law changed weapons capable for firing "military ammunition" which was everything that ever was a military calibre were effectively prohibited but OTOH single shot .22RF rifles needed no licence. That changed under Sarkozy and now the military calibre restriction no longer exists so you can use .30/06 for hunting as you can 8x57 and etc.. But the no licence .22RF also then came under licence control. When I lived in Paris in the 17me I had a BSA Martini in my flat there. Most gunshops sell the book with the Permis de Chasse test questions....I had one at one time....and it isn't that too technical French so it's easy reading but nevertheless a bit of a slog.
Too much effort to bother in truth. Last time I did any shooting in France was probably 2012 or so. And living there from 2002 to 2006 and 2015 to 2019 I knew enough French colleagues and acquaintainces that did to know about what's what. Easier just to shoot here in the UK. Less faff, less paperwork, less hassle.When was the last time you hunted in France?