Wildlife Service Finland, a unit of Metsähallitus, manages state-owned hunting grounds and sells hunting permits for these areas. The state-owned areas (i.e. public lands) are located mainly in the northern and eastern parts of the country. Small game hunting areas, varying greatly in size, are accessible to all hunters with a valid hunting permit issued by Metsähallitus.
The types of nature in the hunting areas vary from northern alpine landscapes to coniferous forest types in the south. The most common game species are black grouse (Tetrao tetrix), capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), hazel grouse (Tetrastes bonasia), willow grouse (Lagopus lagopus) and mountain hare (Lepus timidus).
Most of the hunting areas are in multiple-use forests, and commercial forestry management activities might take place in the area also during the hunting season. Some parts of the hunting areas may have specific hunting restrictions due to their protected area status.
Metsähallitus manages the natural resources responsibly and ensures that hunting is conducted according to good practices and on a sustainable basis. By selling hunting permits Metsähallitus aims to guarantee that everyone can experience hunting in state-owned areas and has equal access to them now and in the future. The proceeds from hunting permit sales are used for the benefit of game populations and their habitats, such as in the restoration of peatlands for species such as willow grouse and bean goose (Anser fabalis).
Metsähallitus is looking for 1,000 people to become members of the Wilderness and Nature Community – come and develop the services for nature lovers
The aim is to bring together Finland’s largest customer community focused on spending time in nature and taking part in wilderness activities. Metsähallitus hopes that hikers, hunters, fishers, and trekkers alike will join in, even those who are just starting their hobby.
For the first time, Metsähallitus wilderness supervision has monitored the results of its work in real time throughout the year. The new system reveals that 368 people violated the law while in nature, and 169 people were caught without necessary permits.
As of Monday 3 May, you can book reservable huts and rental huts maintained by Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland for 2022. You can make reservations in the Eräluvat webshop.
Maintenance work will be carried out in the Eräluvat webshop on Tuesday 16 March, starting at 20:00 (8 p.m.). During this time, you won’t be able to make purchases in the webshop or log into your customer account. The Eräluvat app will not be available, either. The maintenance break will take 2–3 hours.
Off-road terrain or road?
Roads constructed by Metsähallitus can be used by vehicles, but driving cross-country is prohibited without a special off-road traffic licence. It is for the driver to recognise the difference between a built road and a cross-country track.