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Holiday village is a great place for hunters, recommendable for small groups. Bird hunting season starts on 20th of August. We offer professional escort to best spots even in 10 minutes walk. 70 percent of Hiiumaa is covered by forest. You can also hunt roe, wild boar and deer. Very popular is photo hunting to royal deers and bird watching. With local fishermen you can take part of fishing trips. On the hunting day's you can also order lunch in to the forest. Moose - European elk (Alces alces) Eurasian elk have lived in Estonia for 9,000 years. According to the count for 2013, slightly more than 13,000 individuals currently live here. The rut period for elks lasts from the end of August until the beginning of October. The bulls fight each other, impregnating up to 7 cows during the rut period. Gestation lasts for 7.5 months; calves are mainly born in May. Typically there are 1-2 calves born, rarely 3. In autumn, calves constitute about 25-30% of the population. Adult individuals weigh, on average, 300-500 kg, calves around 100 kg. Elk’s natural enemies are bear and wolf. A calling hunt, hunting from hides, and a stalking hunt are applicable for elk bull from 15 September until 15 December, as well chase and hunting with a hunting dog (except FCI 6th group hunting dog (bloodhounds and hounds) whose maximum wither height approved in the breed standard is over 52 cm) from 1 October until 15 December. A calling hunt or hunting from hides or a stalking hunt or chase or hunting with a hunting dog (except FCI 6th group hunting dog (bloodhounds and hounds) whose maximum wither height approved in the breed standard is over 52 cm) is applicable for elk cow and calf from 1 October until 15 December. In the beginning of the elk hunt, when the rut period is still on-going, it is interesting to use a calling hunt, imitating the voice of an elk bull or cow. The vast majority of elks in RMK’s hunting areas are hunted during stalking or search hunts, which allow for a choice of shot. A chase with dogs is generally organised when many hunters participate. Medal-worthy trophies are about 5% of adult bulls. Even 4-branched horns can be medal-worthy. A bronze medal is 250-274.99 CIC points, silver 275-299.99, gold 300 or more CIC points. Red deer (Cervus elaphus) Estonia is the northern border for the coverage area of red deer. The local population was started with imported individuals. According to the data of the complete count of 2013, the number of red deer was estimated to be slightly over 3,000 individuals. More than 80% of the population lives in Hiiu and Saare County. The rut period for deer is in September and the beginning of October. The harts roar and fight each other, strong harts gather around themselves a “harem” of hinds. Gestation lasts for 8 months, fawns are born in the end of May or beginning of June. There are 1-2 fawns. In autumn, fawns constitute about 25% of the population. Adult harts weigh, on average, 200 kg, hinds around 100 kg. The size of the population is mostly influenced by natural conditions. Chase, hunting from hides, and a calling hunt is applicable for red deer from 1 September until 31 January, as well chase and hunting with a hunting dog (except FCI 6th group hunting dog (bloodhounds and hounds) whose maximum wither height approved in the breed standard is over 52 cm) from 1 October until 31 January. During hunting season, only a few trophy harts are hunted besides hinds and fawns and their age is over seven years. The horns are worth a medal from 5 kg. Wild boar (Sus scrofa) Over the past few centuries the number of boar has greatly fluctuated in Estonian areas, although the population has stabilised in recent decades. Boar live in sounders, with males joining the sounder only during the mating period that lasts from November to January. The males fight fiercely amongst each other, with the winner impregnating all of the sows of the sounder. According to the census data of 2013, more than 22,000 boars live in Estonia. Sexual maturity arrives for boar early; in very good conditions, even piglets could be impregnated. Piglets are born from March to May. In autumn, piglets constitute more than 50% of the population. Adult individuals weigh over 100 kg, piglets up to 40 kg. The main natural enemy of the boar is the wolf. The additional feeding of boar takes place in many hunting regions all year round. Mostly, boar damage grain and potato fields. Hunting from hides and stalk hunting is applicable for boar, except for a sow with piglets, all year round. All boar can be chased and hunted with a hunting dog (except FCI 6th group hunting dog (bloodhounds and hounds) whose maximum wither height approved in the breed standard is over 52 cm) from 1 October until 28 (29) February. The best time for boar hunting is a snowy period, during which the location of the animals can be determined by their tracks. The full moon light of the snowy period is also suitable for hunting from hides from a high seat. In RMK 's hunting districts, about half of the boars are hunted in January-February, when chase and hunting from hides is done. Medal-worthy trophies are about 10% of adult boar. The length of medal-worthy lower tusks starts at 20 centimetres. A bronze medal is 110-114.99 CIC points, silver 115-119.99, gold 120 or more CIC points. Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) The roe deer has lived in Estonian areas for at least 10,000 years. As a result of the last couple of cold winters, over half of deer population has perished. For now, the number has stabilised, showing a growing trend in some counties, but being many times lower than the hunters would like. The absolute number estimate is currently missing. The species is highly territorial. The rut of roe deer is in the second half of July and the first half of August. The roebuck “dates” multiple deer in turns. The gestation period is 9 months; with 1-2 fawns born in May-June. In autumn, fawns constitute up to 30-40% of the population. The weight of adult roe deer is up to 30 kg, fawn 20 kg. Deer have a very high natural mortality rate and predation pressure. The percentage of annual overall mortality from hunting is under 10%. To survive the winter, the availability of water-rich shrub plants is important. Hunting from hides, a stalking hunt, or a calling hunt is applicable for roebuck from 1 June until 31 December, and a chase and hunting with a hunting dog from the FCI 3rd and 4th group (terriers and dachshunds) from 1 October until 31 December. Hunting from hides or a stalking hunt is applicable for deer or fawn from 1 September until 31 December, and chase and hunting with a dachshund or terrier from 1 October until 31 December. The best time for a roebuck hunt is in June, when the grass has not grown too high. The most popular hunting method is the stalking hunt. During this period, strong trophy roebucks should be spared, if possible. During the rut period, a calling hunt offers the most emotions and results — "calling” the roebuck from a high perch. Medal-worthy trophies are about 5% of hunted roebucks. Medal-worthy trophy weight starts with a horn weight of 350 grams. A bronze medal is 105-114.99 CIC points, silver 115-129.99, gold 130 or more CIC points. Wolf (Canis lupus) The wolf has lived on Estonian lands for at least 10,000 years. The wolf is quite similar to the big wolfhound. Specific distinguishing characteristics from a dog are lacking, but there are certain differences in the holding of the head and tail. A wolf’s footprint is more elongated than that of a dog; a wolf’s track is also straight. Lately, the abundance of wolves is estimated by litters. On average, wolves in Estonia have 20-30 litters of cubs. An average wolf weighs 35-45 kg, but there are also significantly heavier individuals. The rut for wolves begins in January-February. Cubs are mostly born in April. Sexual maturity arrives at the age of 2-3 years. In a pack, only the so-called Alfa couple has cubs. A wolf pack is capable of killing any mammal living in Estonia. A calling hunt, hunting from hides, a stalking hunt, or driven hunt and hunting with bounding flag line and hunting-dog is allowed for wolves from 1 November until 28 (29) February. The hunting quota for wolves is allocated based on management areas. Mostly, hunting is directed to cultural landscapes where wolves kill livestock, primarily sheep. Mainly they are chased according to their tracks, using a bounding flag line. The hunting quota fluctuates significantly by years, depending primarily on the allocated hunting quota. The hides and skulls of hunted adult wolves are mostly medal worthy. Lynx (Felis lynx) Lynx have lived on Estonian lands since the post glacial era. The colour of common lynx varies quite a bit. On average, lynx in Estonia have 100 litters. The low state of the roe deer population has also significantly reduced the number of lynx. Lynx are carnivorous. In Estonia, its main prey is rabbits, roe deer, rodents, and birds. The rut for lynx is in February-March. Mostly, 2-3 cubs are born in May and they stay with the mother until they are a year old. Sexual maturity arrives for the lynx by the age of 2. They weigh mostly 10-20 kg, but older animals could weigh more than 30 kg. Besides man, lynx could also be endangered by wolves. A calling hunt, hunting from hides, a stalking hunt, or a driven hunt, and hunting with a hound is allowed for lynx, except for a mother with cubs, from 1 December until 28 (29) February. The hunting quota for lynx is allocated by counties. The success of hunting a lynx depends greatly on snow conditions. If possible, a lynx hunt is done together with a boar hunt. As a rule, all adult individuals are worth a medal. Birds In Estonia, 36 different bird species may be hunted. Spring bird hunting is prohibited. According to hunting rules, birds can be hunted during the following periods: • A calling hunt, hunting from hides, or a stalking hunt is applicable for wood pigeon from 1 August until 31 October. • Search hunt, hunting from hides, or a stalking hunt, and hunting with hunting dogs (hounds, retrievers, spaniels) that belong to FCI 7th and 8th group is applicable for woodcock from 1 August until 30 November. • Partridge can be search hunted with hunting dogs that belong to the FCI 7th and 8th group (hounds, retrievers, spaniels) from 1 September until 31 October. • Search hunt, hunting from hides, or a stalking hunt, or hunting with a hunting dog, except for hunting dogs in the FCI 6th group (bloodhound), is applicable for pheasant from 1 October until 28 (29) February. • Hunting from hides or a stalking hunt can be used for grey heron, rook, fieldfare, and raven outside their nesting period for the purpose of regulating their numbers. • A calling hunt, a stalking hunt or hunting from hides, and hunting with a crow weir are applicable for hooded crow and rock dove from 1 July until 31 March. • Hunting from hides, a stalking hunt, or a calling hunt and hunting with a hunting dog, except with a hunting dog belonging to the FCI 6th group (bloodhound), is applicable for grey goose, bean goose, white-fronted goose, Canada goose, and barnacle goose from 10 September until 30 November, including for damage prevention purposes in regions where barnacle geese have caused agricultural damage. • A calling hunt, hunting from hides, or a stalking hunt, and hunting with a hunting dog, (except a hunting dog from the FCI 6th group (bloodhound)) is applicable for ducks (Eurasian wigeon, gadwall, Eurasian teal, mallard, Northern pintail, garganey, Northern shoveler, common pochard, tufted duck, eider, clangula, scoter, goldeneye), coot or fulica, seagulls (laughing gull, seamew, herring gull, black-backed gull), snipe, and hazel grouse and, for the purpose of regulating their numbers, hunting seagulls with a box trap or a crow weir from 20 August until 31 October. On the sea, Narva Reservoir, Võrtsjärv, Lake Peipus and Pihkva ducks, seagulls, snipe, and coot can be hunted from 20 August until 30 November Small predators In Estonia, 7 different small predators can be hunted. According to hunting rules, small predators can be hunted at the following times: • A calling hunt, hunting from hides, or a stalking hunt and box trap is applicable for fox from 1 August until 31 March, a burrow hunt or chase and hunting with a hunting dog or with bounding flag line from 1 October until 28 (29) February. • A calling hunt, hunting from hides, or a stalking hunt and box trap is applicable for raccoon dog all year round and hunting with a hunting dog or bounding flag line from 1 October until 28 (29) February. • On islets and small islands within the reserve, fox and raccoon dog can be hunted with a box trap or hunting dog from 1 October until 30 April. • Hunting from hides or a stalking hunt or a box trap is applicable for badger from 1 September until 28 (29) February; a burrow hunt or chase and hunting with a hunting dog from 1 October until 28 (29) February. • Pine marten or stone marten or fitch can be hunted from a tree or building with a leghold trap or a box trap; hunting from hides or a stalking hunt is applicable from 1 October until 31 March and hunting with a hunting dog from 1 October until 28 (29) February. • Hunting from hides or a stalking hunt or hunting with a box trap is applicable for mink, or American mink, all year round and hunting with a hunting dog from 1 October until 28 (29) February. Hunting calendar • European hare or white hare – from 1 October until the end of the hunting year • Wolf – from 1 November until the end of the hunting year • Lynx – from 1 December until the end of the hunting year (except a mother with cubs) • Beaver – from 1 August until 15 April • Bear – from 1 August until 31 October (except a mother with cubs) • Raccoon – all year round • Roe deer – from 1 June until 31 December; roe deer and fawns from 1 September until 31 December • Boar – all year round (of which sow with piglets from 1 October until the end of the hunting year), driven hunt from 1 October until the end of the hunting year • Mink – all year round • Badger – from 1 September until the end of the hunting year • Martes – from 1 November until 31 March • Muskrat – from 1 October until the end of the hunting year • Red deer – from 1 September until 31 January • Moose – from 15 September until 15 December (15-30 September male only) • Fox – from 1 August until 31 March • Fitch – from 1 November until 31 March • Ducks, coot, seagulls, snipe – from 20 August until 31 October (on the sea, Narva Reservoir, Võrtsjärv, Lake Peipus and Pihkva until 30 November) Geese from 10 September until 30 November

 

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