Hunts In France


Published: March - 2000

France is not a major big game hunting country by any means, but it does have a few hunts worthy of note. One takes place on a fenced preserve by the name of Domaine de Vigon, about which correspondent Stuart Williams has this to say: "Domaine de Vigon is situated in southwestern France in the valley of the Dordogne River near the famous china-making center of Limoges, just north of the Pyrenees Mountains. The Domaine de Vigon is an enclosure of some 1,600 acres with a variety of big game on offer. The landscape consists of rolling hills, forests, streams and lakes, and it is quite attractive.

"The most important quarry is the red stag, but good wild boar, fallow deer and mouflon sheep are found here as well. Also available by special arrangement is Chasse a Courre, which is essentially fox hunting on horseback with hounds. The red stag, fallow deer, and mouflon are hunted by stalking and by waiting in ground-level blinds, whereas the wild boar are hunted by waiting on stands, stalking and driving.

"Domaine de Vigon is able to accommodate both blackpowder and bowhunters. In fact, this past season the outfitter says he had a bowhunter take a new pending SCI #1 European red stag and a muzzleloader hunter who took a pending SCI #2 fallow deer.

"All hunters stay at an old castle called the Chateau de Beauvais, which provides extremely comfortable accommodations, gourmet cuisine, the best wines and a very high level of service. The daily cost is $375, inclusive of all meals and accommodations, all wines, English-speaking host and guide, and transfers from and back to the airport in Paris. Trophy fees are additional, and are assessed according to the following schedule: Red stag under 165 CIC points, $1,650; silver medal (170-210 CIC), $2,130 to $5,330; and gold medal, (210-229 CIC), $6,230 - $7,430. Fallow deer, non-medal, $920; bronze medal (160-169 CIC), $1,250; silver medal, $1,420; gold medal, $1,750-$2,100. Mouflon, non-medal, $1,000; bronze medal, $1,300; silver, $1,490; and gold, $1,870. Wild boar: young pig, $400-$500; bronze medal,........(continued)

 
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