Tourists prone to using illegal means to hunt in Estonia ({{commentsTotal}})

Estonia struggles with hunting-tourists who believe that EU hunting regulations do not apply in a country like Estonia. The Environmental Inspectorate has already caught two hunting parties this fall, who went against the practice of good conduct when hunting waterfowl.

Last weekend, the inspectorate caught four Italians who admited to using illegal electronic hunting calls, ETV reported.

However, a search revealed two more illegal hunting appliances in their possession. The men were fined 400 euros and will probably lose their hunting permits.

This is all the more reproachable, considering that the men had been briefed about Estonian hunting regulations. "Electronic calls are prohibited all over the EU," said Mait Tint, inspector general of the the Environmental Inspectorate.

There is reason to believe that such illegal measures are used a lot in Estonia by hunters from abroad, especially by those from southern parts of Europe. On September 10, another Italian was caught using an injured bird tied to a stone to attract ducks.

Tõnu Traks from the Ministry of Environment said that many of the perpetrators think Estonia is a periphery where hunting laws don't apply. "We cannot babysit those people," he added, adding that with many of the people who have a very different hunting culture, punishment is the only feasible option to make them understand the rules.

Editor: M. Oll

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