Hunting in Finland

Duck Hunting – Dabbling ducks 

Duck hunting in the unique archipelago differs considerably from the inland water duck hunt, not only because of the environment and setup, but also due to the variety of bird species. Since most of dabblers migrate quite early, August, September and early October is the best time to hunt the largest variety of species. You can still hunt them in November and December but especially pintail, wigeon, shoveler, teals, garganey and eider are not found in good numbers anymore. Late autumn is usually the best time to hunt diver ducks in the archipelago, since good numbers are entering Southern Finland and birds gather into big flocks. Often divers move on only before the sea freezes in December-January. Finland is the most important producer of many waterfowl species in the European Union.


  • Hunting Season: Aug 20th – Dec 31th
  • Best season: August – early October
  • Hunting: Hunting with decoys
  • Weapon: Shotgun and rifle >22
  • Target species:

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Teal (Anas crecca)
Garganey (Spatula querguedela)
Pintail (Anas acuta)
Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Goosander (Mergus merganser)
Golden eye (Bucphala clangula)
Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common pochard (Aythya ferina)
The European herring gull (Larus argentatus
The great black-packed gull (Larus marinus)
Hooded crow (Corvus corone cormix)

  • Price: for the best prices contact wildmark