A source of disturbance and insecurity
Although hunters are a minority (1,5% of French citizens), they monopolise natural areas and create insecurity.
They hinder and even prevent the practice of other outdoor activities. It is hard to imagine walkers, horse riders, mountain bikers, joggers and mushroom pickers going about their activities, when surrounded by armed individuals seeking to kill nearly anything that moves.
A wide number of people is more than hesitant, when the general hunting season opens, to go for a walk in nature, fearing to fall victim to a stray bullet. Each year, about 180 people are either wounded or killed, which is the equivalent of more than one person per day during the hunting season.
Hunting is the only leisure that frequently wounds and kills people who are neither practicing nor attending.