Metsähallitus controls extensive hunting grounds that are accessible to every person with a valid hunting permit. A wilderness permit is your ticket to all the experiences a hunting trip in the wild can offer. Most of the hunting grounds controlled by Metsähallitus are situated in forestry areas where forestry work may also be conducted during the hunting periods. 

Hunting in state-owned lands

Hunting permits are the responsibility of Metsähallitus' game and fisheries staff. The proceeds from selling hunting permits guarantee a renewing and robust game stock and help to maintain Finland's hunting grounds. 

The Wilderness Services of Metsähallitus manage Finland's natural resources responsibly and use their expertise and wilderness supervision to ensure that hunting is conducted according to good practices and on a sustainable basis. The wilderness permits sold by Metsähallitus guarantee that everyone has equal access to comprehensive wilderness experiences on state-owned lands now and in the future. 

Hunting News

Changes to the cancellation policy for wilderness permits

18.03.2020

The terms of purchase and cancellation for permits issued by Metsähallitus will be applied in a modified flexible manner for the time being due to the coronavirus epidemic. This situation is considered a force majeure as specified in our terms and conditions, which means that permits can be cancelled before the permit period begins.

Reservable and rental huts at hiking destinations will be closed

18.03.2020

In order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, bookings for reservable and rental huts handled by Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland will be cancelled as of 21 March 2020.

Nature and visitor centres to be closed: Wilderness permits will continue to be available online and via our service number

15.03.2020

Metsähallitus will close its nature centres, visitor centres and service points, as well as Science Centre Pilke for the time being to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Matters related to permits are handled in Eräluvat web store and from our service number + 358 20 69 2424.

Drones and GPS can cause hunters to break the law

25.11.2019

Metsähallitus’ wilderness supervision has noticed that new technical devices are being used illegally when hunting. For example, drones and GPS trackers have been utilised in ways that violate the law.

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