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Title of the project

Collection of French bag data


to facilitate the collection of national bag statistics

Hunting bag statistics have not been collected on a regular basis. Three national surveys have been carried out by the ONCFS, covering the 1974/1975, 1983/1984 and 1998/1999 seasons. The last two surveys used the same methods, and relied on demographic information supplied by the national population (human) census and information about the numbers of hunters in each parish. Sample sizes for each D├ępartement were determined after stratification to take into account local population size, hunter presence and participation rates. Individual hunters were selected by a random selection first of parishes within each D├ępartement, then of hunters within each chosen parish. Each selected hunter (76,810 in the 1998/99 survey) was asked by postal questionnaire to supply a range of information about their hunting experiences and the species and numbers hunted. Participation was not compulsory, and the number of respondents for the 1998/99 survey (after two reminders) was 24,933 (32.5%). To check for bias between respondents and non-respondents, a follow-up telephone survey of 1000 non-respondents was carried out.

Hunters provided the bag data


Country France
Level National

Starting date



Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Migratory species, Abundant species, Threatened species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species The bird species covered by the 1998/99 survey were Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix), Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa), Rock partridge (Alectoris graeca), Pyrenean grey partridge (Perdix perdix hispaniensis), Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta), Willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus), Common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), Common quail (Coturnix coturnix), Greylag goose (Anser anser), Bean goose (Anser fabalis), Greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian teal (Anas crecca), other dabbling ducks, Common pochard (Aythya ferina), other diving ducks, Eurasian coot (Fulica atra), Common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), Water rail (Rallus aquaticus), Eurasian woodcock (Scolopax rusticola), Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), European golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria), Common snipe (Gallinago gallinago), Jack snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus), Common wood pigeon (Columba palumbus), European turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur), Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto), Eurasian skylark (Alauda arvensis), Rook (Corvus frugilegus), Carrion crow (Corvus corone), Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius), Thrushes, Common Blackbird (Turdus merula)

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)


Leading partners Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage (ONCFS) (www.oncfs.gouv.fr/)

Estimation of Human Resources needed

24,933 surveys were returned in the 1998/99 survey (32.5% of those sent out)