During a driven hunt, the opening meeting is essential to remind the participants of the safety rules. It also enables those in charge to check hunting permits and insurance and to present the day's proceedings.
The rules to be observed during a hunt apply not only to hunters in action but also to anyone who might be present at the hunting ground, such as motorists and hikers. For this reason, the demarcation of the hunting area is of paramount importance.
RULES FOR MOVEMENT:
Any transporting of guns in a motorised vehicle must be carried out: with the gun unloaded and dismantled, or holstered and unloaded.
The use of a vehicle is forbidden during the course of the hunt. The exception is for people with physical mobility disabilities.
The wearing of fluorescent clothing is compulsory, depending on the county (département).
RULES ONCE IN YOUR POST:
As soon as the hunter arrives at their hunting post, they must first of all identify themselves and signal their presence to their line neighbours.
Once you've located them, you need to define your 30° shooting angles. To do this, the poster takes 5 steps towards one of your line neighbours and 3 steps perpendicular to the direction of the animals' flight path. Then, he will do the same thing towards his other neighbour.
The posted gunner must also take into account any obstacles such as trees, rocks, paths, etc. that might be located within the shooting angle.
Once these elements are taken into account, the posted gunner takes up his position "belly to the woods" while waiting for the signal to start the hunt. (1 long blast of the horn)
The start of the hunt has been sounded, the hunter can then start loading their gun, once the barrel is checked. It is imperative to load the gun with the barrel facing the ground and in the safety angle.
Once the driven hunt has started, you must not leave your post before the signal is given indicating the end of the hunt.
Each shot must be accurate, at close range, and with clear identification of the game.
For greater safety, it is best to use high shooting positions such as watchtowers. Of course, all positions that result in a shot that does not hit the target are to be avoided.
If an animal is wounded as a result of a shot, the hunters posted there must not pursue it so as to avoid obscuring the tracks. The task of searching will fall to the bloodhounds at the end of the hunt.
Any movement of an animal that is subject to a hunting plan must be carried out after the bagging.
RULES FOR BEATERS:
For safety reasons, the beater must be dressed in fluorescent clothing to be visible from a distance. The dogs accompanying the drive must also be collared to enable quick identification.
The drive must be perfectly aligned. If this is not the case, the drive leader may stop the progress of the line to ensure maximum alignment.