Hunting in wetlands

Hunting: a controversial issue

Hunting in the wetlands of France and Europe is a controversial issue from many points of view: philosophical, ethical, social, ecological, and political. These controversies adversely affect the collaborations between hunters, protectors of nature, and scientists, whereas their partnership should be strong.

Hunting is of course a passion, a recreational and social activity in which people partake for pleasure, but it is also and above all an activity which uses a renewable natural resource. That is why, in so far as it is an "extractive" activity, hunting must be sure that its methods of extraction, its management practices, and level of taking animals actually respect the constraints of sustainability, by allowing the resources it utilizes to be renewed. Hunting in wetlands has very particular constraints, because it concerns migratory species; it also involves important issues linked to the economic flows potentially generated by it.