The biggest predator in Estonian woods. Currently, more than 800 bears were counted in Estonia, and their number is growing significantly. The bears living in Estonia belong to the average size race, weight is between 90–340 kg. Record scull has been 67.46 CIC points (a Baltic record, 10th in the world chart). In 2007, 27 specimens were hunted, in 2008, 37 specimens.
The bear, except mother bear with cubs, can be ambushed or stalked from 1 August until 31 October with the aim of avoiding the damage caused by the bear in that region. So the so-called pest bears can also be hunted.
60 permits were issued in 2009 for hunting bears but only 40–45 bears were shot by the end of the season. In 2010 the same number of permits was issued but 57 animals were hunted. In 2011, it is allowed to hunt 65 bears.
To have certain guarantees for Brown Bear hunting, some 3 days of hunting are required. It is necessary to book a bear hunting trip in advance, 2 months are recommended.
The Hunting Package
Hunting in Estonia rich in game, a place where a true hunter goes hunting at least once in their lifetime!
Simplified terms for the use of weapons and joining the Schengen area that lost border controls has made coming to hunt in Estonia even easier. There are no problems with taking one’s own gun along but when necessary, local hunters will lend you their weapons.
Estonian forests offer a rather wide choice of game and good opportunities for trophies. At the same time Estonians appreciate their nature and see to it that animals are taken care of and the principles of responsible hunting are followed.
We are the only ones who offer an opportunity to hunt all over Estonia. We will organise you a successful hunting week or a hunt at the weekend all based on your wishes. If you wish, you can hunt in different regions in one week in Estonia. For example 2 days on our wonderful island Saaremaa and 2 days in Valga County in South Estonia. But you can spend your whole vacation also in one hunting region. Whatever your wish, we have the solution.
If you are interested in wild boar, bear, elk or wolf hunt, then you can experience all that with us. Or perhaps you are into bird hunting, for example the Eurasian Woodcock or a goose hunt? We can offer this to you. The variety of game species and a large hunting area guarantee a 100% excellent quality hunting experience. Numerous game populations have been preserved here which is unique compared to the rest of Europe. With minor restrictions, the wild boar can be hunted all year round. The mild climate has boosted the boar population, which is rather annoying, since the boars are a serious threat for local hay fields and potato crops. Large numbers of migration birds make the island of Saaremaa a paradise of bird hunters. The most popular quarries are ducks and geese, but the beginning of woodcock season bring hunters from as far as France, Italy and the Great Britain. They usually bring their own dogs and take hunting very seriously. Bigger games include elk, roe deer, deer and wild boar. Saaremaa and Hiiumaa have the highest populations of red deer, a highly desirable target for hunters. The deer-hunting season lasts from September to January and deer antlers have become a coveted trophy for hunters. Get to know our game and birds here and the hunting seasons can be found here.
Professional game wardens with more than ten years of experience in hunting work with us. Also the members of local hunting society help to organise and carry out the hunt. You can talk about our hunting culture and traditions in more depth during our evening program that comes with a light shot and sauna.
We also organise a vacation for your spouses and children while you are on the hunt. For example we can organise a fun day at the spa, a concert or a shopping tour – everything based on your wishes.
You don’t have to worry about anything. You being 100% satisfied is what is most important for us. We can pick you up from an airport or port, if you come by car we will meet you at the place of accommodation and a carefree hunting week or weekend can begin.
The price of the hunting package is 690–2000 euros, depending on the number of hunting days and the hunting area.
The price includes: accommodation, catering, transport, hunting days
The price does not include:
Plane tickets or transport to Estonia, trophies
According to the laws of Estonia, the citizen of a foreign country can hunt in Estonia if they have in their own country a hunting certificate and a firearms licence. The citizen of a foreign country will receive the foreigner’s hunting certificate that is issued based on the request of the owner of a hunting region in Estonia or of the inviter.
The foreigner can take along their own firearm if they have the EU firearms pass issued by the institution responsible for that section in their country. Local hunters can also lend their arm for hunting.
According to Estonian laws it is allowed to hunt in Estonia under the following conditions:
- you are at least 18 years old
- a hunting rifle is used (bow and crossbows are forbidden to be used in hunting in Estonia)
- you are a citizen who (in their place of residence) has a hunting certificate and a firearm licence
Citizens of a foreign country will be issued Estonian hunting certificates/protocols based on the request of the owner of a hunting region in Estonia and based on the hunting licence of the place of residence
The citizen of a foreign country is allowed to take along with their hunting rifle up to 100 cartridges.
- European fire weapons card
- ID or passport
- National hunting licence
You need two weeks for processing hunting permits in Estonia.
For an offer to meet all your needs, contact us and tell us about your hunting plans in less than 24 hours we will contact you.
- European hare or mountain hare – 1 October – 28 February
- Wolf – 1 November – 28 February
- Lynx – 1 December – 28 February
- Beaver – 1 August – 1 April
- Bear – 1 August – 31 October(except mother bear with cubs)
- Raccoon dog – throughout the year
- Roe deer – 1 June – 31 December, from that does and calves 1 September – 31 December
- Wild boar – throughout the year (except sows with piglets), driven hunt 1 October – 28 February
- Mink – throughout the year
- Badger – 1 September – 28 February
- Marten – 1 November – 28 February
- Muskrat – 1 October – 28 February
- Red deer – 1 September – 31 January (hind/fawn 1 September – 30 November)
- Elk – 15 September – 15 December (1–15 December only calf)
- Fox – throughout the year
- European polecat – 1 November – 28 February