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Kim Hiss, an associate editor at Field & Stream, has hunted ducks, antelope, turkeys, and deer throughout the country, enjoying a number of women's hunts along the way. She lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Click here to email Kim.

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When in France

     I figured I'd do a news post today, and while I could have talked about closer-to-home issues like potential revisions to state venison donation programs, the absence of CWD in Pennsylvania deer tested after last season, or the efforts of Montana environmentalists to reinstate federal protection for wolves in the northern rockies, I got sucked in by this unlikely little item. Pittjolie
    According to this Topnews.in article (random source, I know) mega-stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have gotten the attention of a group of French boar hunters. The celebrity couple recently moved into the 17th-century Chateau Miraval, a 35-room, 1,000-acre property near the village of Aix-en-Provence, which they will rent with their rapidly growing family for the next three years.
     The estate, however, happens to be a favorite of area deer and boar hunters. Last year, its owner, Tom Bove, reportedly hosted a party of 65 sportsmen on the property. But now, local hunters are nervous the new tenants will decide to ban hunting for the length of their stay, and have begun appealing to Bove, asking him to ensure that the grounds will not become off limits.
     Even the local Mayor of Correns has weighed in, citing concerns for the valued vineyard on the chateau property. "Hunting here is part of the local tradition," he's told the press. "Boar and deer are harmful. If you don't hunt them, you don't get grapes."
     Well, all I can say is that the next time I rent a 17th-century French chateau with a helipad, two swimming pools, and a swan-filled lake: mi hunting lands es su hunting lands. -K.H.

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Katie

That's pretty interesting, I wonder what's going to happen. They have some time to figure it out, but if hunting is not allowed, the way of life for those people could be drastically changed for the next few years, and not for the good.

Laura Bell

Ah heck, they should have enough spare rooms to put those hunters up! LOl
My sis was just telling me about them two, she said rumor has it they've had their twins.

I would be a little curious as to what they'll do. I would bet it's a no go on hunting though.

Lou Alexander

Hey Kim,

Put me on top of that list to hunt your rented estate!

Hey...aren't they vegetarians?

Duane Kraft

I am an American living in southern France. What Brad and Angelina don't seem to know is that France is now hugely overpopulated with wild boar. Because of warmer weather, the have 3 litters a year instead of 1. They can now be seen walking down some city streets in broad daylight. And yes, they destroy crops. We need hunters.