Reminder of the context
Migratory waterfowl hunting is regulated by the European Directive on Birds (Directive 79/409/CEE), which specifies that migratory birds are a common heritage and that they must not be hunted during the nesting period nor when they are flying back to their breeding areas The law on hunting passed by the French Parliament in 2000 integrates the European directive into French law.
The hunting seasons are defined annually by the Ministry of the Environment, by a minister's order that sets the opening and closing dates for the hunting of waterfowl and migratory birds.
Hunting is authorised every day during the period defined; however, most hunting groups, whether they are community-based or private, generally limit their hunting activity to two or three days per week
Game bird species
With the Nature Protection law, enacted 10 July 1976, and the European Directive of 1979, wildlife benefits from de facto protection, and only the species listed in the appendices of orders are still considered as game, on the basis of miscellaneous criteria such as satisfactory population levels.
Most species of Anatidae can be hunted except for swans, shelducks, some geese, the ferruginous duck and the marbled teal. However, since the law of 1976, the sale of game bird species is forbidden except for birds that are bred specifically for hunting and a few common species, including the mallard.