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Wolf hunting in Estonia

The always exciting and exceptional Wolf Hunt

Wolf Hunting

Wolf hunting is allowed from November 1 to February 28. Wolf may be still-hunted or hunted in driven hunt.

The volume of wolves hunted varies by year, however in recent years the wolf hunting quotas have risen to mitigate the damage caused by their presence.

Wolf hunting Season

November December January February
Other game species that can be combined

Wolf in Estonia

There are now more than 1,000 wolves in Estonia and its population remains very stable having many food sources.

Wolf hunting areas


Recommended calibers and bullets for wolf hunting

Rifles recomendados Balas recomendadas
Calibers Bullets
270 W Accubond
7X64 KS
7X65 R Power Point
308 W
30.06

Information on the Wolf (Canis lupus)

The Canis lupus, or Eurasian wolf is the most famous wolf subspecies. Carnivorous mammal belonging to the family Canidae, an excellent hunter- with dog characteristics.

Physical description

Its long, sharp teeth adapted to hunting, are very characteristic. They are strong and fast animals (they can reach 65 km / h). The eyes are oblique and golden, a strong neck and a long tail. They have a double coat, waterproof and protects them from the cold, but in summer they shed hair and have a lighter appearance. The hind legs are longer than the front, this allows them to jump up to 5 meters. They have special webbed paws that facilitates movement on the snow. The fur on the tail, back and neck is usually darker than the rest of the body. They have a height of between 60 and 90 cm. Their length can be up to 2m. They can weigh between 40 and 70 Kg.

Distribution and habitat

The Eurasian wolf is currently the most widely distributed subspecies of wolf around the world. Present in Europe and Asia; Scandinavia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, China, Mongolia, Russia and the Himalayas. They are territorial animals, living in herds that are constantly moving in search of prey. Their territories often reach 200 square kilometers, but they establish an area of about 40 square kilometers where they spend most of the time. Keep in mind that the territory controlled by the packs of wolves always depend on the abundance or scarcity of their prey.

Feeding Habits

They feed generally upon ungulates (hoofed animals), usually hunt in packs, their usual prey are sick or injured animals. They rely exclusively on their jaws for killing prey, due to the fact that they do not have claws. They are able to take down adult elk and bison. They may also feed on carrion and may even add vegetables to their diet.

Reproduction

Generally, only the dominant pair can reproduce causing the younger wolves to leave their packs in search of new territories. The estrus of the female lasts between 5 and 15 days, which may occur between February and April. Gestation lasts 60 to 65 days and the litters are usually between 4 and 7 pups.

Hunting Programs

Wolf Still-Hunting

  • Recommended duration: 5 days Hunting (6 nights)
  • Hunting season from November 1  to February 28
  • More information

The hunt is organised by regularly feeding the wolves and the presence is usually monitored by the use of trail cameras. The success of this hunt also depends on the ability of the hunter to endure long waiting periods at low temperatures.

Wolf Hunt with beaters

  • Recommended duration: 3 days of hunting (4 nights)
  • Hunting season from 1 November  until February 28
  • More information

Wolf hunting with beaters is from early November to late February. This form of hunting is very effective and generally 3 to 6 wolves are shot.

Hunting Pictures

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