RMK to organise auction for hunting permits  18.02

RMK announces an auction of first options for the acquisition of hunting permits for big game for the upcoming hunting season.
According to Tiit Timberg, Member of the Management Board of RMK, last hunting season, during which 100% of the authorised elk and red deer quota was hunted, proved a success. “Even though damage by game animals has declined in the state forest, it does, however, pose a silvicultural problem for RMK in young-growth stands of conifers,” Timberg added.

The terms of the auction have not changed significantly compared to last year: one hunter may still acquire hunting permits for just one hunting district, and private land may be hunted on only with the consent of the land owner. “RMK will continue to share any revenue from auctioning hunting permits proportionately with land owners who do allow hunting,” confirmed Tiit Timberg and added that in the previous hunting season over EUR 8,000 of revenue was paid to private land owners as the auction’s dividends.

To acquire a first option on hunting permits, an auction bid needs to be submitted at the Ristipalo office of RMK’s Hunting Department or e-mailed, once signed digitally, to kalev.manniste@rmk.ee by 13.00 on 28 February 2014, at the latest. Winning the auction will entail an obligation to provide upkeep for game animals, collect material for scientific research from them and a minimal obligation to hunt small predators, beavers, and any game birds that may require culling. For detailed information on the auction, go to RMK’s website at www.rmk.ee/metsa-majandamine/jahindus.

To inform RMK of your consent regarding the use of your private land for hunting purposes within the hunting areas managed by RMK, you need to e-mail a letter to jaht@rmk.ee stating your name, the numbers of your registered immovables or cadastral units and the bank account number into which you would like the fee for the use of land holdings for hunting purposes to be deposited. Kindly advise RMK of your consent for the use of your private land by 1 September 2014, at the latest. Owners of private land who provided their consent last hunting season need not renew it this year, unless the owner of the registered immovables has changed.

RMK is a keeper, protector, and manager of the forest and other diverse and rich natural communities belonging to the Republic of Estonia. RMK earns a profit for the state through forest management, growing reforestation material, and organising forest and nature protection works. In addition, RMK establishes opportunities for nature walking and shapes nature awareness. RMK includes the Sagadi Forest Centre, Elistvere Animal Park, Tartu Arboretum, 70% of Estonian-Finnish joint company Eesti Metsataim and, as of 2014, also the Põlula Fish Farm. More than 700 people work for RMK.

Further information:
Tiit Timberg
Member of the Management Board of RMK
Tel: 504 5761
E-mail tiit.timberg@rmk.ee