Starting prices up by 30% at RMK’s hunting permit auction  06.03

Bids were made for all 20 hunting districts at RMK’s pre-emptive buying rights’ auction, with the average price for one hectare of hunting ground being EUR 2.59. With the auction, RMK earned more than EUR 350,000 that will be shared with land owners who allow hunting on their registered immovables.

“There was a lot of interest in this year’s auction and the bids from the hunters turned out to be nearly 30% higher than the starting price,” noted Tiit Timberg, Member of the Management Board of RMK, adding that, besides the bid sum, the winner of the auction also has to pay for the hunting permits. The winner of the auction can hunt in the hunting district during one season, hunting game according to the prescribed age and gender ratio. All rights, responsibilities and restrictions related to hunting will be specified in the contracts concluded with the winners of the auction.

According to Kalev Männiste, Hunting Chief Specialist at RMK, the average area of the hunting districts this year is 6,700 hectares with 22% of it in private ownership. RMK will share the proceeds from the auction with the land owners in proportion with their property area and thanks to successful sales this year it amounts to EUR 2,59 per hectare on average including VAT.

To advise RMK of your consent for the use of your private land for hunting purposes within the hunting areas managed by RMK, you need to e-mail to stating your name, the numbers of your registered immovables / cadastral units and the number of the bank account 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 by 1 September 2014, at the latest.

Those land owners who want to hunt or arrange hunts for small game themselves and whose land ownership is located in one of the hunting districts manages by RMK can apply for small game hunting permits for free of charge. RMK has prepared and made available on their web page the respective application to be filled in and e-mailed to RMK. Starting from this hunting season, small game hunting permits can be issued electronically to land owners as a PDF file which ensures the hunting permit for the term laid out in the Hunting Act. The application form is available on the website of RMK at

For detailed information on the auction, go to RMK’s website at

RMK is a profit-making state agency established under the Forestry Act, aimed at the sustainable and efficient management of state forests. RMK grows reforestation material, organises forest works, executes practical nature protection works and is engaged in forest and timber sales. Additionally, RMK establishes opportunities for nature walking and forest holidays in recreation areas, in Estonia’s five national parks and almost 40 other protected areas, and shapes nature awareness. RMK manages 38% of Estonia’s forests.

Further information:
Kalev Männiste
Hunting Chief Specialist, RMK
Telephone 513 9642