416 deer sampled
“We have two large areas where deer have been present for a long time, indicates Michel Auroux, president of the Hunting Federation: these are the two forest massifs, that of Périgord in the north, and the Landes de Gascogne massif. But these are places where we manage them and their population remains almost stable. It is estimated between 1,000 to 1,200 in the department, and we take about a third of it. 416 animals have been attributed to us this season, all combined, stags, hinds and young. »
“The deer are on the rise, but we don’t want their population to increase any further, otherwise the regeneration of the forest could suffer. We have to take care of it in the same way as deer or wild boar, we carry out night and slab counts. And we also have to reimburse the damage caused to agriculture, but this is not the case for forestry. This does not prevent foresters from being able to call us as soon as they notice the first signs of degradation. »
“On the other hand, the deer consumes corn and other cereals, sunflowers, they break young plum trees or hazelnut trees, and there we have to pay for the damage, continues the president. And if deer represent only 10 to 15% of the total bill, you have to be careful, and you don’t want them to settle permanently in agricultural areas. Especially since an adult male can reach 300 kg.