A Friendly Estate Hunt in Southern France for Red Stag and Mouflon

In Report 10764, subscriber W. L. Snow recommends his November high-fence red stag and mouflon hunt with all of the trimmings in Aveyron, France, with France Safaris (www.francesafaris.com; +011-33-46-822-6528) this past November.

“This is a great estate hunt on a property that has been in the family of France Safaris’ Didier and Guillaume Roques Rogery (father and son) for more than 800 years. The estate has more than 900 acres of pasture, forests, valleys and steep hills populated with red stag, mouflon, sika deer, roe deer, fallow deer and wild boar. The game was plentiful and well-managed.

“Clients are guided by either Didier or Guillaume and the professional guide, Jean Cazenove. Both of the Roques Rogerys are trained wildlife specialists and professional hunters. They know the game well, and Cazenove’s trophy handling is as good as any pro taxidermist. I had a great time hunting with them. Each hunting party has the entire place to itself, which made for a relaxing experience.

“This is a great trip for your spouse. While I hunted, my wife went sightseeing in nearby villages and took private cooking lessons at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Clients stay in the Chateau Laplanque, the family castle on the estate. We enjoyed great southern French cuisine with the family. After I finished hunting, we toured Aveyron with the chateau as our base. My wife and I enjoy seeing historical sights, and the region has some very striking fortified towns. We agreed that this was the best of our many trips. Highly recommended.”

We heard via email from Guillaume Roques Rogery, who tells us, “This coming season will be our ninth year operating France Safaris, which is managed by me, my wife, Lisa, and my father, Didier. We have produced some of the biggest trophies in Europe for red stag and other game on the estate. We also offer free-range Pyrenean chamois and roe deer near the estate, and we guide for chamois in the Alps as well.

“France is becoming more popular as a hunting destination for Americans. Each year we have more American clients, and Jim Shockey and his family came to hunt with us in 2015. Most clients choose to tour France before or after the hunt. Our clients from the US cannot believe how straightforward and simple it is to come and hunt here. Clients can get a three- or nine-day hunting license at a minimal cost, and there is no paperwork other than the From 4457 needed to bring a rifle.”

Roques Rogery says that France Safaris will be exhibiting at the SCI convention in Las Vegas this year. If you hunt France, be sure to file a report.