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Title of the project

Collection of Finnish bag data


To collect Finnish Bag data

The scheme is voluntary and has run since 1962. Each year FGFRI selects a random sample of about 5000 hunters who hold a valid hunting licence. The sample is stratified according to the number of hunters in each game management district. Each of the selected hunters is sent a questionnaire in February which seeks to obtain
information on the numbers of birds and mammals hunted in certain regions. Nil returns are encouraged and hunters are asked to specify if they used traps. Reminders are sent out to encourage the return of questionnaires. About 83% of questionnaires are returned.

Hunters provide the bag data


The results are published as an annual report by FGFRI and as aHunters Central Organisation magazine. Additionally the results are incorporated in a number of national and international publications of hunting/population statistics.


Country Finland
Level National

Starting date



Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Migratory species, Threatened species, Protected species, Abundant species, Invasive Alien species
Species Type Birds, Mammals, Generalist predators
Name(s) of main species Bean Goose (Anser fabalis), Greylag Goose (Anser anser), Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), Eurasian teal (Anas crecca) and Garganey (Anas querquedula) (both treated as one species), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Northern pintail (Anas acuta), Northern shoveler (Anas clypeata), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Common Eider (Somateria mollissima), Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis), Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula), Mergansers, Other Waterfowl, Hazel Grouse (etrastes bonasia), Willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus), Black Grouse (Lyrurus tetrix), Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), Partridge, Common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), Eurasian coot (Fulica atra),Eurasian woodcock (Scolopax rusticola), Common wood pigeon (Columba palumbus), Crow and Magpie (Pica pica). The last two species are unprotected by hunting laws, but they have a closed season during the breeding season.

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)


Leading partners Finnish Governments Game and Fisheries Research Institute (FGFRI) (http://www.rktl.fi/english/fish/)

Estimation of Human Resources needed

A random sample of 5000 hunters are selected for survey, of which about 83% return the completed forms.