Hunting in Finland is regulated with a specific legislation, prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland (mmm.fi). The national authority responsible for implementing wildlife and hunting policies is the Finnish Wildlife Agency (riista.fi).
To hunt in Finland, you need to have
The Finnish Wildlife Agency has published comprehensive information packages about hunting in Finland:
Wildlife Service Finland (Metsähallitus) does not organize hunts, but instead sells small game hunting permits for the state-owned hunting areas.
If you are prepared for the hunt with all the necessary licenses, it is possible to purchase the Metsähallitus hunting permit. Once you know in which area you wish to hunt, what game species you are planning to hunt and in which time period, our customer service can assist you in buying the permit. The permits are also available in our webstore (in Finnish and in Swedish). Please note that game species may only be hunted during their assigned hunting seasons.
To purchase your hunting permits please contact our customer service: tel. +358(0) 2069 2424 (Mon–Fri 9–16), email: eraluvat(a)metsa.fi.
Before setting out on a hunting trip, it is a good idea to check the open seasons, as they vary from year to year. Open seasons are updated annually on the Finnish Wildlife Agency website.
Open seasons may vary within Metsähallitus permit areas if the area is located in multiple municipalities.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry may prohibit or limit the hunting of game species by decree.
Check open seasons on the website of the Finnish Wildlife Agency (riista.fi).