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In the Manche, a first day of hunting and colorful rurality

Inaugurated by President Gérard Bamas, alongside the organizers and in the presence of local personalities, the very first edition of the Day of Hunting and Rurality took place in the sympathy of the exchanges, yesterday, on the playground of the House of the hunt, in Saint-Romphaire.

They were already 1,500 visitors at noon, after opening the site in the middle of the morning. The Mass of Saint-Hubert, celebrated by Father Pascal Burnel of the parish of Canisy (Sleeve), with the blessing of horses and dogsimmediately set the tone foran innovative and successful event with a crowd that could not be won over.

“We wanted to bring together, in the heart of our bocage, the components of rural life: hunters, farmers, fishermen and hikers. »

David GuerinDirector of the Departmental Federation of Hunters of the Channel

Inaugurated by President Gérard Bamas, alongside the organizers and in the presence of local personalitiesthe very first edition of Hunting and Rurality Day took place in the sympathy of the exchanges, this Saturday, June 11, 2022on the Maison de la Chasse playground, in Saint-Romphaire (delegated municipality of Bourgvalleys). In a magnificent green setting and under a radiant sun. With an impressive battery of stalls, of workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions around’a village of artists rich in know-how.

About sixty exhibitors

“There are painters, photographers, jewelry makers, soap makers, and of course regional products like ciders and pommeaux”, enumerates David, summarily. ranching landLa Manche plays the card of diversity with its goat’s cheeses and donkey’s milk with many virtues.

In all, some 60 exhibitors made the trip. After the morning nature hike who took a hundred people on the paths of biodiversity to discover the fauna and flora, the highlights of the day were not short of breath. All the hunting dog breeds devoted themselves in the afternoon to varied and specific situations with breathtaking commitment, skill and obedience.

The “Trumps” sounded the atmosphere!

First edition of the Day of hunting and rurality requires, the bell ringers of the Trompes Saint-Hubert du Bocage met at the Maison de la Chasse to give a concert after mass. “We are resuming activities and our outings for weddings and various events, in particular at the request of the holiday committees”, confides Nicolas La Route, the president of the association which has 18 practitioners.

In the ranks, soners all passionate about the region of Valognes and Val de Saire, but also three instrumentalists from Saint-Lô. During this beautiful sunny day, which will undoubtedly have given some sweats to these warmly dressed musicians with their beautiful frock coats and waistcoats, the Trompes accompanied many hunting activities, to the delight of the public, very attentive and admiring.

The animations are a hit on 20 ha

A drone with a thermal camera, used in particular in agricultural damage appraisals, flew over the area where the entertainment took place over twenty hectares, please! Here, it is archery that holds the public’s attention; and a little further on is a mechanical simulator of the fishing federation which makes young people roll up their sleeves by making them want to join.

A large hunting crew came especially from Brittany with 43 dogs and 7 horses.
A large hunting crew came especially from Brittany with 43 dogs and 7 horses. (©La Presse de la Manche)

The ringers of Trumpets Saint-Hubert du Bocage are there too and give all cultural and traditional dimension at the start of a wild boar hunt (simulation of big game hunting). “A crew came especially from Brittany with 43 dogs and 7 horses,” announces David. Because in the English Channel, we do not practice any hunting with hounds. The crowd of great days gathers, listens and watches, life-size, a custom as old as the world.

From our correspondent Christophe LUNEAU

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