I'm not here to defend or even attack hunting, just to present you with some figures.
It has now been announced that here in Périgord this winter's hunting season will be between 9 September, and 28 February.
The hunting authorities in our particular area have also given guidance as to the number of animals that can be shot.
Between 12,250 and 18,200 Wild Boar may be shot, and between 16,600 and 18,300 Roe Deer may be shot.
I'd never previously thought about the numbers of wild animals that were shot each year; it seems a lot.
Périgord is just one of about 95 similarly sized départments (counties) in France. I don't imagine that all have the same wildlife problems that we have, but even if half do (and they shoot the same amount) that's an awful lot of Deer and Boar.
'No Pheasant shooting'.