Sleeve.  Action plan for hunting safety: “We’re clean with a blood alcohol test!  »

Sleeve. Action plan for hunting safety: “We’re clean with a blood alcohol test! »

In September 2021, Manche Hunting Federation President Gérard Bamas (right) introduced mandatory training to update safety rules. (©Archives La Presse de la Manche)

Secretary of State for the Environment, Beranger Couillardwas on the move this Tuesday, October 25, at the Maison de la Chasse de la Marne to reveal some possible measures that could apply to hunting practice.

AND consultation phase it will engage with various actors, especially hunters’ associations, with the aim of leading to concrete measures (through ordinances or decrees) “by the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023,” she said.

Blood alcohol offense

The most likely would be a Senate Report : creation of a alcohol offense in accordance with the same requirements as for motorists, i.e. 0.5 grams of alcohol per liter of blood. National Hunters President Willy Schraen gave an interview of the day Information about France, said he was in favor of checks “when we are in hunting practice”. He assures that hunters are “self-regulating” and that “alcohol in our country for a long time is not, or very little, exceptionally.”

Gerard Bamas, President Channel Hunters Federation, also confirms: “We are clean on the blood alcohol test! The old fashioned drip coffee to start the day is over. As for going out on the road, we respect the limit. We can’t afford it anymore.”

Canceled 30° and other safety measures

Among other tracks, it respects the shooting angle of 30°. But this is nothing new. in September 2021Manche Federation presented new safety training a ten-year period, which it obligatorily sets of the Act of July 24, 2019.

The goal was to train 1,200 hunters a year House of hunting and naturein Saint-Romphaire. This 3 to 4 hour training course, which was offered for the first time on a voluntary basis, has already completed 3,000 of the 14,000 Mancho hunters. “The enthusiasm surprised us,” admits Gérard Bamas.

“We communicated and the people who came thought it was very good and talked about it around. »

Gerard Bamas

Moreover, “all young people who pass the license have this training. We explain 30°, but not only that. We want maximum security. We are doing the work, “says Gérard Bamas, contacted this Tuesday evening after the announcement of the Secretary of State. “My obsession is that it exists. fatal hunting accident “, continues the representative of hunters in La Manche, a department where the number of incidents has fallen by 41% in 20 years.

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According to’French Biodiversity AuthorityAccording to AFP, the number of hunting incidents in France has actually been falling for 20 years, but would rise from 80 to 90 in the 2021-2022 season.

No ban on Sundays

If the minister said on Tuesday that “there is no taboo subject” about a possible ban hunting on sundayhunters are against this proposal for France natural environment prohibit hunting on Sunday afternoons.

Willy Schraen said he is “open to discussion” about limiting hunting days, but not “when you are at home or when you lease hunting rights. We still have the right to do what we want in the private domain”. It is different in state foreststhat is, public where “there is at most one or two days of hunting per week” and “in suburban state forests where weekends are often off limits.”

Gérard Bamas follows exactly the same line of defense: a limit, as it is already in the public domain, but not on private property. “If we can’t do what we want on our land, where are we going? We live in a society where there should always be zero risk. »

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