Wild forest reindeer
Rangifer Tarandus Fennicus
Wild forest reindeer bull
Wild forest reindeer is only found in Finland and some parts of Russia near finnish border. In early 20th century it was almost extinct from Finland but in 1940s and -50s some herds migrated from Soviet union to strengthen Finnish population wich grew until year 2001 when the count in Kainuu region was estimated 1700 animals. Since then, mainly due to predation by wolves, the numbers have declined being today between 800-900 animals. In 1979 they were succesfully introduced from Kainuu to Suomenselkä area where the population has reached 1100. Only a few licences to hunt wild forest reindeer are issued yearly even more rare are the licences for adult male!
The best hunting period is just before the first snow in mid October. At that time herds of wild forest reindeer are moving to their winter pastures accompanied by the dominant bulls, falling leaves are colouring the nature, extraordinary hunting experience waits for the fortunate few!