Dirac: Giant (Private) Hound Training Camp


Dennis Joseph.

picture of Julie Desbois

Welcome to the Enclos du Perchet, in the middle of the Dirac Forest. 80 hectares. More or less dense forests, meadows, areas of almost impassable brush, paths …

Dennis Joseph.


Dennis Joseph.

picture of Julie Desbois

Welcome to the Enclos du Perchet, in the middle of the Dirac Forest. 80 hectares. Fairly dense forests, meadows, areas of almost impassable shrubs, mountain passes, vast wetlands. A completely private green paradise turned into a hunting reserve. ‘must say’ hunting park », corrects the master of the place, 62 years old, the son of Ronsinak. This former carpenter is the craftsman of this gigantic project, one of a kind in Charente, which has been respectfully built for three years.

The owner's house is in the garden.


The owner’s house is in the garden.

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“Lou Berchett, simply put, is a big dog gym. People come here to trust their animal, train it, teach it how to track it. Here you walk in without a gun and without a cartridge. We don’t kill anything.”Summarizing, hilarious Dennis Joseph wanders his property in search of the day’s client and his package. they ” Somewhere “ behind the trees. Find the toy chosen and presented by the estate owner. “There are nine deer, five boars, five or six rabbits”recounts when wild animals appear on the horizon, at the end of heaven, and cross the meadow at the speed of light. “Look there, pig. And the deer on the other side, He points out. In the aftermath, the unharmonious sound of a hunter’s horn in their tracks disturbs the silence of the forest. It is prolonged due to the constant barking of dogs. Which in turn shows a muzzle.

It is almost in the public interest to regulate the species that do the most harm.

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The Seven Frenchmen Bruno Saint-Huberts—who enforced the Savoy hounds—Dracoa Pierre-Henri Moreau fell, panting, full of drooling. In pursuit of wild boars but especially deer. “It is our choice to train our dogs on wild boars. I came here for it.” Explains the hunter, lover of the breed “More resistant and more instinctive to track this type of game”. “What we do is almost for the public good. We are regulating a species that does great harm” Away from the pack, adds Regis Moreau, father of Pierre-Henry, on the lookout.

The advantage of Denis Joseph Hunting Park, who defends Moreaus, is that a hunter who knows how to hunt can train and teach his dogs year-round. Private ownership allows opening and closing dates to be avoided. This does not mean that here, in a vacuum, there is no valid law. The regulations are especially strict: for this it is necessary that the fence meets specific standards, and the dwelling of the master of the place must necessarily be located inside the garden fence, it is forbidden to kill during and after strikes. If these conditions are not met, the canister will not receive official approval.

“My job is not just to make the site available to customers (For about 50 euros for a half-day, editor’s note). I am also there to help hunters who want to develop the skills of dogs, to advise them »Dennis Joseph adds. His wife, Marie Noel, 56, has other ideas in mind for developing an activity that doesn’t support the couple. This hunting park, because it is closed and the animals that live in it are listed, can also become a little paradise for fun clubs, so why not schools. For the first time at the end of the month a ‘Rural Celebration’ It will also be organized there (see box).. “There are plants of great diversity, Dennis Joseph supports by offering several existing varieties. We can go there looking for traces of animals ». They enjoy the death of twenty dogs from the Yusef family gathered on the estate.

Gerard, startled, almost in front of a domestic pig.


Gerard, startled, almost in front of a domestic pig.

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To meet this new challenge, it remains to convince the undecided. In particular those who appear as defenders of the environment. Dennis Joseph was able to measure it when he moved to Charente Nature, where, from a reserve-like location, he protested against the project. ‘We are also real environmentalists’He defends, reminding again that we don’t kill at Berchett. “Except for wild boars when they become very large and very large and may be aggressive”. Gerard, a walker, can attest that the current inhabitants of the Dirac Forest are completely harmless. While walking on the other side of the fence a few days ago, he fed a specimen, one of which he feeds a pet.

Spiritual celebration on June 26

This event is organized by FACCC 16, the Federation of Hound Hunters Associations of the Charente. For the first time, on June 26, Enclos du Perchet is hosting a “rustic celebration”. On the program, in the ring, multiple packages are shown. About fifty teams from 5 to 25 dogs. Both pointers and hounds. The hunting and fishing associations will also spend the day at the hunting park displaying their activities. There will also be on site, just to attract a family crowd, larger than that of fishing enthusiasts, a farmers market and an artisan village. “All local representatives will be represented,” said Florian Leger, President of FACCC16.

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