Hunting in Finland

GROUSE – Finland´s dense grouse population

Finland's Black Grouse population is today estimated at 350,000–500,000 pairs. You can find black grouses everywhere in Finland but greater numbers are generally found in Central Finland´s boreal forested areas.

Hazelgrouses are also found almost everywhere in Finland. It is one of the smaller members of the grouse family of birds. It thrives in dense forest habitats, especially in spruce stands. Hazelgrouse can be curious and it doesn’t necessary fly away, but it is one of the most challenging birds to harvest because it is hard to see, since it is a master of camouflage and concealment.

Willow grouse has been in the past the main source of living to people in Northern Finland. That´s why it is called the bird of life. You´ll find sustainable numbers of willow grouse only in northern Finland and Rovaniemi or Ivalo are the airports where connecting flights should be booked. You can also take a night train from Helsinki central train station. Rovaniemi is located 800 kilometers from Helsinki.

You can also combine black grouse hunting with capercaillie, hazelgrouse and fieldfare hunting in Central Finland or with willow grouse in Northern Finland.

  • Hunting Season: Sep 10th - Nov 11th or willow grouse to Mar 31th
  • Best season: September - November
  • Hunting: Walking with our without pointing dogs or Finnish spitz
  • Weapon: Shotgun, bow and rifle >22 hornet
  • Target species:

Black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix)
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Hazel grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Willow grouse (Lagopus lagopus)

  • Price: For the best prices contact wildmark