Dirac: a giant (and private) training camp for hunting dogs

Welcome to Enclos du Perchet, in the middle of the Dirac forest. 80 hectares. More or less dense forests, meadows, plains with almost impassable scrub, hilly paths, a large wetland. A completely green paradise …

Welcome to Enclos du Perchet, in the middle of the Dirac forest. 80 hectares. More or less dense forests, meadows, plains with almost impassable scrub, hilly paths, a large wetland. A completely private green paradise transformed into a hunting reserve. “You have to say” hunting park ‘ », dishes the lord of the place, 62 years, child of Ronsenac. This former carpenter is the craftsman of this titanic project, unique in Charente, built at his own discretion for three years.

“Le Perchet is, to put it simply, a great gym for dogs. People come here to trust their animal, train it, teach it to track it. Here you enter without a gun, without a cartridge. We do not kill anything “, sums up, jovial, Denis Joseph, strolling on his property in search of today’s client and his flock. They are “a place” behind the trees. Looking for game, selected and introduced by the owner of the estate. “There are nine deer, five wild boars, five or six hares”he strips up when wild animals appear on the horizon, at the end of the gorge, and crosses the meadow at the speed of light. “Look over there, a pig. And a deer on the other side, he points. In the wake, the disharmonious sound of the hunter’s horns in their tracks disturbs the tranquility of the forest. It is prolonged by the dogs’ persistent barking. Which again shows the muzzle.

It is almost in the public interest to regulate a species that does a lot of harm.

Other ideas for developing the park’s activity

The seven French Bruno Saint-Huberts – impressive hunting dogs from Savoie – Diracois Pierre-Henri Moreau tumbles down, breathing, full of saliva. In search of wild boar but especially not deer. “It is our choice to train our dogs on wild boar. I’m coming here for that. “ explains the hunter, the lover of a race “more resilient and more instinctive to track this type of game”. “What we do is almost for public benefit. We regulate a species that does a lot of damage, ” adds Régis Moreau, Pierre-Henri’s father, posted away from the herd in a lookout position.

The advantage of Denis Joseph’s hunting park, Defense Moreau’s, is that a hunter who knows how to hunt can train his dogs and raise his puppies all year round. Private property makes it possible to avoid opening and closing dates. Which does not mean that here, in a vacuum, there is no valid law. The rules are even particularly strict: it is therefore necessary that the fence meets specific standards, the master of the house on the site must absolutely be located within the park fence, killing is prohibited during and after the blows. If these conditions are not met, the cabinet will not receive official approval.

“My job is not just to make the site accessible to customers (for around 50 € for half a day, editor’s note). I am also there to help hunters who want to develop dog skills, to advise them », adds Denis Joseph. His wife, Marie-Noëlle, 56, has other ideas in mind to develop the activity that does not support the couple. This hunting park, because it is closed and the animals that live in it, can also become a little paradise for leisure clubs, why not schools. For the first time at the end of the month, a “party in the country” will also be organized there (see box). “There is a flora of great diversity, supports Denis Joseph by presenting the many variants present. We can go there in search of animal tracks ». And enjoy the passing of the twenty dogs from the Joseph family that were gathered on the estate.

To meet this new challenge, it still remains to convince the reluctant. Especially those who appear as defenders of the environment. Denis Joseph was able to measure it when he moved to Charente Nature, challenged by a place resembling a reserve, protesting against the project. “We are also real ecologists”he defends, remembering once again that we are not killing at Perchet. “Except wild boars when they have become too large, too old and potentially aggressive”. Gérard, a hiker, can attest that the current inhabitants of the Dirac forest are quite harmless. While walking on the other side of the fence a few days ago, he was feeding one of the specimens when feeding a domestic animal.

A celebration of rural areas on June 26th

The event is orchestrated by FACCC 16, Federation of Associations of Hound Hunters of the Charente. For the first time, on June 26, Enclos du Perchet is hosting a “country party”. On the program, in the ring, the presentation of several packages. About fifty teams of 5 to 25 dogs. Both pointers and dogs. The Hunting and Fishing Associations will also spend the day in the hunting park to present their activities. There will also be on-site, just to attract a family audience larger than that made up of hunting enthusiasts, a farmers market and an artisan village. “All local actors will be represented,” said Florian Léger, President of FACCC16.

Hunting reserve 1


Hunting reserve 1

Julie Desbois

Denis Joseph is the head of Enclos du Perchet.


Denis Joseph is the head of Enclos du Perchet.

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The owner's house is inside the park.


The owner’s house is inside the park.

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Gérard, amazed at an almost tame boar.


Gérard, amazed at an almost tame boar.

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