Hunting capercaillie with pointing dogs is the most challenging, yet most rewarding bird hunting a hunter can experience. Capercaillie are often found near small streams cutting across an area of old forest. A pointing dog must be experienced to find and nail these cunning birds, who often take off accompanied by the loud beating of wings when least expected, making them a hard target for the hunter. As they like the same habitat, hazel grouse can often be found while hunting capercaillie.
The yearly harvest of capercaillie in Finland is between 20,000 and 75,000 birds, the best areas being central and eastern parts of the country.