The Lynx, except a female with cubs, may be hunted in Estonia from December 1 to February 28. The hunt usually develops in “drive hunting” using dogs.
The volume of lynx hunting is divided by counties based on hunting quotas. The number of Lynx hunted each year varies according to the licenses granted by the government, the highest number of licenses that have been granted in recent years has been approximately 100.
Before dawn our guides roam the hunting areas looking for fresh tracks of lynx Once found the guides proceed to verify that Lynx are located in an area with relatively easy access.
When the guide informs us that the conditions for hunting lynx are favorable we will move to the hunting area to start the hunt.
Once everything is ready for the start of the hunt we will proceed to release the dog on the track and one of our guides will enter the area following the tracks of the dog and lynx. The dog will have a GPS transmitter and radio frequency to keep us in constant contact of their position.
Once the dog finds the lynx he will keep it “treed” The lynx will climb up the tree to keep out of reach of the dogs. At that point the hunter may approach the forest and set up for a clear shot.. The hunter must be in acceptable physical condition to endure walking several kilometers in the snow.
This hunt is highly difficult and requires the hunter at least 5 days of hunting to increase his chances of finding a lynx in a suitable area for hunting. There needs to be fresh snowfall which is not always possible.
|December to February|
|Other game species that can be combined|