My name is Mat and I am a Kiwi (New Zealander) living in Sweden.
I have hunted for years in New Zealand, but only with a rifle! I have recently picked up the love for Archery and my goal is to shoot a Whitetail Deer next hunting season in Finland.
I have a couple of questions:
1, I do not have any sort of European hunting license, I had a firearms license in New Zealand, but it has expired and then my wallet got stolen and I no longer have it. Can I come and take the Finnish course? Or is there some other way around it?
2, How do I get access to land that has Whitetails?
3, Do you mainly hunt from treestands? Or do you stalk them?
4, Would anybody want to show me how it's done next season?
Sorry for all the questions, I just have a lot to prep for next year and want to know what I am getting myself into 🙂
I am not that active here on the board and even less so in the field, unfortunately, but I thought I could try to help out with some of your questions. In short, I think you'll have best success by teaming up with a hunting club in Finland, through them you could get access to a hunting area and permits for whitetail. If you know already which area of Finland you'll visit, you could probably contact a club in that area.
Here are some pages or sites that should give a better idea of what you need in general. The first one is in Finnish, but it has a link to a PDF document in English that has a good overview of things for a foreign hunter in Finland.
From Finnish Wildlife Agency's page, this document clarifies the basic requirement:
It is stated in it that you have basically two possibilities to get started:
"In order to obtain a Finnish hunting card, foreign
hunters must present a hunting card or other reliable
clarification valid in their homeland which indicates
that they have the right to hunt there. These
documents should be presented to the director of the
game management association. If a foreign person is
unable to provide a reliable explanation of his/her
right to hunt, s/he must complete a Finnish hunting
I guess the easiest way would probably to get a certificate from NZ which tells that you have a right to hunt there?
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