Wildlife and game administration

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is the supreme authority responsible for managing and supervising hunting and game management activities. The Ministry’s responsibilities include preparing hunting legislation and issuing ministerial decrees determining the maximum limits, areas and temporal restrictions for the hunting of certain game animals subject to a licence.


Finnish Wildlife Agency and game management associations

Finnish Wildlife Agency

The Finnish Wildlife Agency is Finland’s national development and advisory organisation in the field of game husbandry. It promotes sustainable game husbandry, supports the activities of game management associations and carries out the public administration tasks assigned to it. Game management associations are local game administration units operating under the Finnish Wildlife Agency.

Wildlife councils

The National Wildlife Council is a strategic body supporting national game policy. Its purpose is to address matters relating to game husbandry. Wildlife councils increase open and interactive stakeholder collaboration in game husbandry and work towards reconciling different interest at the national level. Regional wildlife councils support regional game policy.

Game research

One of the tasks of the Natural Resources Institute Finland is to conduct research and experiments concerning game husbandry. The Institute operates under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and its tasks are laid down in the Act on the Natural Resources Institute Finland.


Useful external website:

Finnish Wildlife Agency

Natural Resources Institute Finland

National Wildlife Council

Game management associations (in Finnish)

Wildlife and Game Administration Act (in Finnish)