RMK sold seasonal big game hunting permits in Pärnu County 31.05

At the oral auction at RMK’s Paikuse office in Pärnu County, three packages of hunting permits for cloven hoofed big game, effective for use in the Kilingi-Nõmme Hunting District from June of this year until February 2011, were auctioned.

In total, the hunting volumes of the 1700-2400 hectare area auctioned off include 43 big game hunting permits. The starting prices on the sales units at the auction ranged EEK 15 000-25 000, and the total on the three units sold came to EEK 162 000.

The auction was attended by 14 hunters. Bidding was fierce, and the initial price was out-bid two-fold. Compared to a similar type of auction last year, this time lots were more compact, with the average cost benefit per hectare up more than two-fold, reaching EEK 25.87 on average. Compared to last year, weighted average prices on big game permits rose EEK 200-500, with an elk (moose) permit, for instance, costing EEK 7200 on a weighted average.

According to Kalev Männiste, Head of RMK’s Hunting Management Department, selling big game permits in seasonal packages to local hunters is not a new service – so far, big game permits have also been issued at auction in the two previous years “On the one hand, we are trying to provide local hunters with a more diverse hunting opportunity; on the other hand, however, to improve the resource utilisation in the state forest and increase its profitability,” Männiste clarified the background to the auction and added that the auction results provide an adequate reflection of hunters’ needs and opportunities to use state land for a fee for hunting. An attendee at the oral auction could acquire only one sales unit; that way RMK is able to provide hunting opportunities to a greater number of hunters.

A big game hunting permit entails the obligation to hunt at least an equal quantity of small predators or beavers on the lot of the sales unit. Game upkeep and additional feeding are carried out on the sales unit by the winner of the auction at his or her own expense. Amongst other things, RMK reserved the right to pre-provide the purchaser of the permit with a recommended hunting structure for cloven hoofed animals in terms of sex and age ratios and set the quantity of the obligation to hunt small predators and beavers. Also, RMK may determine the extent of the harvesting of research material from the hunted game and coordinate and organise the hunting of large predators in a hunting district.

Under the RMK development plan established for 2009-2012, RMK has relinquished the management of loss-incurring hunting districts and adjusted hunting district boundaries. RMK manages approximately 4% of the hunting lands in the Republic or 161 160 hectares, providing primarily local hunters with the following opportunities: organising individual hunting, organising group hunting, hunt leader service to organise group hunting and the use of a pre-prepared hunting location or the rental of hunting facilities.

During the auction of hunting permits, a hunting party is awarded, for one hunting season, a hunting location designated for big and small game hunting.

RMK is a profit-making state agency established under the Forestry Act, aimed at the sustainable and efficient management of the state forest. RMK grows reforestation materials, organises forestry works and is engaged in the sale of forest and timber and the upkeep of wild animals. In addition, RMK provides opportunities for hiking in nature and resting in the forest at recreation areas, in Estonia’s five national parks and about 40 other protected areas, and shapes awareness of nature. RMK manages 38% of Estonia’s forests.

Further information:

Kalev Männiste
Head, Hunting Management Department, RMK
Tel 676 7570
E-mail: kalev.manniste@rmk.ee

Peep Saar
Head, Kilingi-Nõmme Hunting District, RMK
Tel 503 6757
E-mail: peep.saar@rmk.ee