He usually prepares the posts on the terrain, which are represented by numbers or letters. Marie explains that she “indicates these posts, that are marked by spraying paint on a tree, on a map of the terrain for the hunters taking part in the day's drive”. She also indicates in writing any danger zones where, for example, the 30° angle has to be adapted (presence of dwellings, roads, the edge of the hunting terrain).
She prints out the maps and coats them in plastic, so that the hunters can tie them around their necks. On the front, she gives details of any dangers and the position of the posts. And on the back, she describes the different bell tones that give notice of the different phases of the hunt, from the start to the end of the drive, plus the bells specific to the various species.
Every member of the hunt, from drivers to standers and companions, has to sign the drive log book, which contains the numbers of the hunting permits and the insurance policies of every hunter. By signing this document, the hunters declare that they have been informed of the safety instructions and the applicable regulations.
Alexandre adds that, before the season opens, the Field General and some volunteers reconnoitre the terrain to clean up every post, check the observation huts and identify the posts, if necessary. Before every drive hunt, they define the outhouses for the animals in order to release the dogs and position the line of drivers.