Smallest of the Baltic States, which were recently part of the Soviet Union, Estonia is about the size of Switzerland, but without mountains. Blessed with beautiful coastal plains and tidal estuaries, as well as vast evergreen forests, Estonia has a cultural heritage and language closely connected with that of Finland, its neighbor to the north, across the Gulf of Finland. For several decades the Estonians have been dominated by Russia, its neighbor to the East, and the Russian influence is still felt today, although not much appreciated by Estonians.
Estonia has been a battleground between the Germanic West and the Russian East since the 13th century. The charming medieval reconstruction in the capital of Tallinn harkens back to that era.
The European Moose is the most popular game animal in Estonia. More than 4,000 are harvested each year. Hunt success and trophy quality has been excellent in recent years. They are hunted using traditional highseats, near popular feeding areas and by calling during the rut and with the use of specially trained dogs.
European lynx grow very large in Estonia. These hunts are conducted using dogs to track and tree the lynx in deep snow, much like cougars are hunted in North America.
Hunting for the trophy birds, Capercaillie and black grouse, is also very popular and populations for both of these species are high.
Estonia is also an excellent choice for a hunt for the unusual raccoon dog, an immigrant from East Asia. This species was introduced in 1948, in neighboring Latvia, and has now spread throughout the Baltic region and into Finland and Sweden. This species is often a bonus trophy on hunts for moose and lynx.
Infrastructure has improved dramatically in recent years, prices are moderate and the Estonian people are very friendly to tourists. Opportunities in Estonia are getting better with each passing year and this country is becoming a very popular destination with European hunters.