Fellow bloggers Kath and Roger recently wrote about hunting in the South Touraine and that, despite possible preconceptions readers may have, there are some rules in France around the hunting and promoting sustainability of game. This has prompted me to write this short blog about one little-known aspect of the etiquette followed our local hunters in and around Paulmy and, in particular at Le Chatelier.
Our good friend, Mick, lives in a converted barn which is part of a group of farm buildings called La Jaquetèrie atop of the hill at end of our lane. It is there that he and his family live a quiet, peaceful, tranquil, vegetarian existence. Tranquil that is until Sunday comes around in the hunting season and the surrounding woods echo with gunfire. The hunters, who are rough and ready local hardy farmers, are after wild boar and deer ~ staple food they will slaughter and divide among themselves before sharing with their families. The fact that their activities disturb and upset our veggie neighbours is respected by the hunters who, while being unable to comprehend why someone would not eat meat (“Monsieur, surely they will die!”), keep a respectful distance from Mick’s family home and do not hunt over the surrounding land.
Of course, etiquette is originally a French word. Perhaps, after reading the above one can begin to understand why.