Hunting in Estonia!
We organize hunting trips in the hunting area of Taagepera in Valga County. We organize calling hunts, hunting from hides, stalking hunts and driven hunts, depending on the hunting season. Our lands are home to European moose (alces alces), red deer, roe deer, brown bears, wolves, beavers, foxes, and other small game. We also offer woodcock hunts with your pointing dogs for groups covering large areas during the autumn period.
In cooperation with our good partners we organize seaside goose and duck hunts during the autumn migration period.
We organize accommodation, transportation, hunting documents and catering for you, taking into consideration your personal wishes.
You can also test your rifle and shooting skills prior the hunt in the shooting range. There is opportunity to shoot flying targets with a shotgun, and moving and stationary small game silhouettes with rifle.
Tell us about what you would like and we will organize adventure filled hunting expedition for you, along with many positive emotions and memories of nature.
The red deer (Cervus elaphus) is one of the largest species of deer in the family Cervidae. Hunting period for red deer starts at 15th August, when it’s allowed to hunt red deer cow and calf, until 31. January. Calling hunt during rutting time for red deer stag starts from 1. September and the hunting season continues with calling, stalking and driven hunts from 1. October until 15. February. We usually provide driven hunts on red deer from 1. October until 31. January and it’s also possible to do stalking hunt during that time.
The elk (European moose) (Alces alces) is a mammal belonging to the family Cervidae, genus Alces. The elk is the biggest true deer. It is also the largest land mammal in Europe. The elk is a meek animal with long legs and a high neck. Adult specimens weigh approximately 500 kg. In terms of habitat they prefer larger, more humid forest areas. Their fur is generally brownish-black, with minor differences between subspecies. The upper parts of the body, the body lines, and the head have a dark tone, while the lower part and the feet are lighter. The fur covering is thick and long. The size of the antlers depends on where the elk lives. European elk antlers average 10 kg. Estonia has an estimated population of 12,000 elk. Elk is not a protected species in Estonia. Calling hunts, hunting from hides, and stalking hunts can be organised for elk from 15. September until 30. September; and hunting from hides, stalking hunts, driven hunts and hunts with hunting dogs – except for hound dogs – from 1. October to 15. December; with elk bulls and elk cows from 15. September to 30. November, and elk calves from 15. September to 15. December.
The roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) is a cloven hoofed animal belonging to the Cervidae family, genus Capreolus. Roe deer have a light body and strong, thin legs. The fur of roe deer is brownish-red in colour during warmer periods of the year, greyish during winter. The roe deer feeds primarily on grasses during summer, branches and shoots during winter. Calling hunts, hunting from hides, and stalking hunts can be organised for roe deer from 1. June to 31. January; for roe bucks from 1. June to 30. September, and does and calves from 1. September to 31. January.
The wild boar (Sus scrofa) is a wild animal belonging to the family Suidae, genus Sus. The body of the boar is covered with coarse brush like hairs, the colour of which varies from dark grey to brown. The body of the boar is bulky, with legs that are relatively long, especially northern subspecies. Piglets are born with light stripes, which fade between the second and sixth month of life. Their fur achieves adult coloration by the end of the first year of life. The males are usually bigger than the females, and the males have tusks. The lifespan of wild boars is usually 9-10 years, although they may even live up to 25 years. Hunting from hides, and stalking hunts can be organised for wild boar – except for sows with piglets – year-round; and driven hunts and hunts with hunting dogs – except hounds – can be organised from 1. October to 28. February. Sows with piglets may be hunted from hides or using stalking or driven hunts, and with hunting dogs – except with a beagle – from 1. October to 31. January.
The wolf (Canis lupus) is a canid inhabiting the northern hemisphere, a member of the order Carnivore, genus Canis. Natural characteristics of the wolf include mostly grey fur, pricked ears, slanted yellowish eyes and a bushy tail. Wolves have a sharp sense of smell and hearing. The wolf is primarily a nocturnal animal, with its rhythm of activity varying depending on its habitat and the time of year. Driven hunts, stalking and hunts with hunting dogs can be held for wolves from 1. November to 28. February.
The Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) is member of the family Felidae, genus Lynx. Eurasian lynx are felines of medium size, with long legs, and can weigh up to 30 kg. They are predators, whose main prey is rabbits. The fur of the Eurasian lynx is greyish in colour, and the pigment runs from rust coloured to yellowish. The Eurasian lynx has excellent hearing, ensured by the tufts on its ears. Tufts are black in colour and conspicuous. The sense of smell in felines is weak and vision is not perfect. The average age is 10, rarely 14-17 years. Calling hunts, hunting from hides, stalking hunts, driven hunts and hunts with hunting dogs may be held for Eurasian lynx – with the exception of females with cubs – from 1. December to 28. February.
The Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) is the only present day member of the order Rodentia, family Castoridae. Beavers move on land with their paws and swim in water with their tails. Beavers are large rodents – up to a metre in length and weighting up to 30 kg. They have a bulky body. When they dive under water, the openings in the ears and nose of the beaver close. Their fur is clearly separated into two distinct layers, a rough topcoat and a thick soft undercoat. Fur colour varies from light brown to nearly black. The tail is covered in horny scales. Beavers may be hunted with traps, nets, leg hold traps or dachshunds or terriers from 1 August to 15 March. Beavers may be hunted with Laikas from 1 October to 28 February. Beavers may be hunted from hides or stalked or driven out with a dachshund or terrier from 1. August to 15. April.
The fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a predator belonging to the family Carnivora, genus Canidae. The fox is the size of a small dog, with a long bushy tail. The fur on the back of the fox is orange in colour. In Estonia, foxes inhabit patches of forest. Foxes feed primarily on rodents. The fur on the back is usually rust-brown to reddish yellow in colour, with dark fur and sometimes an unusually dark pattern in the middle of the back. The fur on the abdomen is ash grey or sometimes black. The lower parts of the paws are typically black and the end of the tail is black or white. The snout is narrow and long, a natural characteristic of the red fox. Calling hunts, hunting from hides, stalking hunts and hunting with box traps may be held from 1. August until 31. March; den hunt or driven hunts with hunting dogs or bounding flag lines may be held from 1. October to 28. February.
The woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) is a migratory bird, which returns to Estonia from its wintering grounds in western and southern Europe at the end of March. The males arrive first and soon begin rivalling flights, during which they stake out their territory and drive off competitors. A few weeks later, the females arrive. In a single evening more than 40 display flights by male woodcocks can be seen in better flying areas. After forming pairs, females and males spend 3-4 days together, after which the female flies to the nesting area and the male returns to the game, to find a new female that is ready to mate. The intensity of display flights is highest in the second half of April and in the first half of June. This has led to the belief that the woodcock nests twice under our conditions during summer. And even though nests with eggs have been found in Estonia as late as mid July, a second nesting has not yet been proven. The woodcock’s nest, which is located on the ground and frequently in the shade of a bush, such as the hazelnut, usually holds four eggs with brown blotches on a greenish white background. The chicks, which hatch between 24-26 days after incubation begins, are relatively helpless at first and in many instances the female is force to provide them with additional food. Chicks develop relatively slowly and fledge at the age of 1.5 months. At the end of July, woodcocks begin – alone and in broods – to visit neighbouring meadows and grasslands, to which they fly to feed at dusk, departing at the arrival of dawn. On autumn evenings, from September to October, this type of preparation for migration and building up fat reserves is predominant. Hunting season lasts from 1. August to 30. November.
|Red deer||15. August – 15. February|
|Elk||15. September – 15. December|
|Wild boar||Year-round (except females with piglets)|
|Beaver||1. August – 15. April|
|Lynx||1. December – 28. February (except female lynx with cubs)|
|Wolf||1. November – 28. February|
In order to participate in a hunt, a hunting tourist must have a:
- hunting weapon (one can be loaned, if necessary)
- weapons permit
- hunting certificate
- valid shooting test
Hunting in Estonia is regulated by the Hunting Act and the Rules on Hunting. The hunting certificate and shooting test are organised pursuant to the Hunting Act. Use of a weapon is regulated by the Weapons Act. Hunting with a firearm is permitted from the age of 18 in Estonia.
In order to hunt in Estonia, foreigners must have a hunting certificate from their home country, a European Union firearms pass, a hunting certificate issued in Estonia to a foreigner and a hunting certificate for a citizen of a foreign state. We will help you to complete the required Estonian hunting documents.