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Hunting Bécasse

Hunting Bécasse

Gaspard (8) and Tessa (9) have been friends since they were born. Tessa's father Julien owns this hunting area. In Paris, he is a banker by day but is very passionate about hunting and he drives every weekend out to his house in Brennes to hunt.

He teaches the kids how to discover nature through hunting and the importance of respecting nature in order to help preserve it.

Words and Photography by Antoine Ricardou. 

The bécasse is a very special migrating bird, discrete and mysterious. They reproduce at the end of each spring in Russia and in the Northern Scandanavian countries, then they migrates around October towards Western Europe; Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, UK and Ireland, to escape (or avoid) the cold.

The colder it gets the more West they go. During very cold winters, we can find large concentrations of them in Brittany, on the island of Belle-Ile because its there where the Gulf Stream reheats (or heats) the earth.?

Their long beaks allow them to dive into the ground for insects. If the ground is frozen solid and they can't feed they continue to migrate more West or South.

Each French hunter (or hunter in France) is allowed to catch a maximum of 30 bécasses per year but most of them still only catch a few.

The hunting records are then sent to the Federal Department so that statistics can be documented. (although most hunters rarely submit them)?

The bécasse is delicious, it's a rare and delicate dish. It's "commercialization" is banned in France so it can't be found in any restaurant. In order to taste it you have to have friends that are hunters!

Noma-bound David Zilber

Noma-bound David Zilber

From Copenhagen to Greenpoint

From Copenhagen to Greenpoint