Hunting seasons

A game animal species must be declared protected for a specific period or until further notice if it is necessary for ensuring the survival or undisturbed reproduction of the game animal population. Provisions on the protected game animal species and the related closed seasons are issued by government decree. The permanent residents of the areas concerned may be granted derogations from general closed seasons.


If the population of a game animal species becomes endangered in its range or in a part of its range, the hunting of the species concerned may be prohibited or restricted by a decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for a maximum of three years at a time. The decree specifies the area in which the prohibition or restriction is in force.


Useful external website

The Finnish Wildlife Agency

Erä Hunting services