Estonia, a paradise for Woodcock Hunting

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Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola)

Estonia is one of the main Woodcock emigration destinations with woodcock staying in Estonian territory for the spring and summer. Estonia is also a main Woodcock transit area, from here Woodcock heads to Finland and northern Russia.

Woodcock hunting season lasts from early August until mid November. However, the best time for hunting woodcock is October and the first two weeks of November, when woodcocks stop largely here before moving on.

Woodcocks are hunted using the dogs, who are usually brought to Estonia by plane.

Woodcock hunting

The woodcock population reaches its peak in October, although in September and November there is a also quite a dense population Woodcocks present. August is usually a month with fewer woodcocks, usually these are the ones that emigrate in April.