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Small game hunting permit provides an opportunity to hunt species such as grouses, hare, waterfowl and Canadian beaver (Castor canadensis). The type of permit and the hunting seasons define which species can be hunted in each hunting area within the different parts of the season.

Each year approximately in mid-August the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry sets the length of hunting seasons for each grouse species according to the current population trends. The seasons vary regionally from a three-month season (from 10 September to 10 December) to a total ban of hunting.

The main hunting seasons for small game are

  • - Grouse species (Galliformes): Typically either one, two or three month hunting season starting from 10 September.
  • - Waterfowl (i.e. ducks and geese): From 20 August (12:00 clock) to 31 December
  • - Mountain hare: From 1 September to 28 February
  • - Canadian beaver: From 20 August to 30 April

Please note the annual derogations for certain species.

The permit sales for the forthcoming hunting season starts annually in early June. The validity of permit varies from 1 day to a seasonal card. The permits are area and game specific and vary in duration and price. For guest hunters we recommend buying day permits.

Hunters under the age of 18 years have a specific discount price.

Different types of permits

Different permits give you the right to hunt different game species or species group.

Grouse permit includes

  • - Capercaillie, black grouse, hazel grouse, willow grouse
  • - Waterfowl (ducks, geese) and mountain hare
  • - Small predators (e.g. red fox, raccoon dog, American mink), unprotected birds (e.g. crow, magpie), wild boar

Permit options: Day permits and through application process also seasonal permits (in Finnish)

Waterfowl and hare permit includes

  • - Waterfowl (ducks, geese) and mountain hare
  • - Small predators (e.g. red fox, raccoon dog, American mink), unprotected birds (e.g. crow, magpie), wild boar

Permit options: Day and seasonal permits

Beaver permit includes

  • - Canadian beaver
  • - Small predators (e.g. red fox, raccoon dog, American mink), unprotected birds (e.g. crow, magpie), wild boar

Permit options: Seasonal permits

Small predator permit includes

  • - Small predators (e.g. red fox, raccoon dog, American mink), unprotected birds (e.g. crow, magpie), wild boar

Permit options: Seasonal permits

To learn more about the permits and game species included or to purchase a permit, please contact our customer service.

 

You can also contact us by email: eraluvat(a)metsa.fi

 

 

Planning of grouse hunting

The most popular small game species are black grouse, capercaillie and hazel grouse, and in the northernmost parts of Finland willow grouse.

Due to the popularity of grouse hunting and the high annual variation of their populations, Wildlife Service Finland plans the maximum number of permits which can be sold per each hunting area per season. Variables used in the planning process are e.g. the annually changing density of each grouse species’ populations, previous years’ bag reports and statistics, and the length of forthcoming hunting season.

The data is combined and analyzed in a web-based planning system. As a result, the daily and seasonal maximum quotas of permits secure the ecological and social sustainability of grouse hunting. The quotas, planning variables and statistics are documented in the system for transparency. The statistics have also proved to be a useful tool for wildlife research.

Open seasons

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).