The only feline living locally in Estonian nature. It weighs about 20 to 25 kg. According to different researchers, a lynx eats about 40–80 roe deer per year. Record skull – 28.99 CIC points (second place in the world chart), record skin – 214.84 CIC points which is also the world record. 76 specimens were hunted in 2007, 150 in 2008, 184 in 2009, and 181 specimens in 2010.
In the 2009/2010 hunting season, 210 lynx hunting permits were issued but only 180 specimens were hunted.
Today the lynx population in Estonia counts more than 800.
The mating season is in February and March. One female can be chased by up to 5 males. The female is ready for mating for three days, gestation lasts 63–74 days. There are usually 1–6 in offspring, mostly 2–3. They are usually born in May, weighing about 300 grams, and develop eyesight by the 12th day. For two months they feed on mother’s milk, the offspring remain with the mother until the end of their first year. They become mature at the age of two. In addition to humans, the enemy of the lynx is the wolf.
Lynx can be hunted in Estonia from the 1st of the December to the 28th of January. Lynx hunting is usually conducted in raids or as individual hunt using dogs.
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
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.
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.
- European fire weapons card
- ID or passport
- National hunting licence
You need two weeks for processing hunting permits in Estonia.
The citizen of a foreign country is allowed to take along with their hunting rifle up to 100 cartridges
- 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