Hunting clubs are an important element of countryside vitality and the power of acting together. For a city dweller, they are often a link to a former home region or a route to nature and a shared pastime. The Finnish Hunters’ Association has the important task of securing the conditions and continuity of hunting club activities in our country.
The Association’s most important task is to promote hunting and the conditions for hunting clubs’ activities. We want to be an interest organization for all hunters and to involve everyone in our activities.
Hunting is doing things together. It is a health-promoting interest and often also a lifestyle shared among like-minded people. Hunters are united by their love of hiking and wildlife. Only by roaming in nature is it possible to recognize the many faces of Finnish nature and cherish its true diversity. Nature is the first thing that unites us hunters.
A good group is part of Finnish hunting
The second factor is a good group. Few of us hunt alone. Many of our traditional forms of hunting, such as elk and wild reindeer hunting, are communal by nature. Likewise, hare and bird hunts are often a joint effort. After the hunt, the best moments are summed up around a shared campfire.
Hunting helps to make new friends for life
Hunting brings new friends. Life runs its course, but the friends acquired through hunting stay with us from one year to the next. In addition to the hunts themselves, hunting involves many other activities done together: common trips and campfires, hunting feasts, game animal inventories, voluntary work parties and other joint activities organised by clubs. Indeed, hunting clubs provide many people with things to do in the increasingly quiet countryside. Many city dwellers also find recreation and peace of mind by joining the hunting club of their former home region.
Tradition from father to the neighbour’s son
Hunting involves much lore passed from father to son or, perhaps, to the neighbour’s son, and from veterans to newcomers. Old hands give future hunters valuable information on topics such as firearms, game species and handling of the kill. In this way we can trust that future hunters will also be responsible experts.
Communality is an important value for us
Hunting is a communal activity. Communality is one of the important values of the Finnish Hunters’ Association. We want to support and promote Finnish hunting club activities and the effects of hunting on wellbeing in the lives of us Finns. By being a home to all hunters, we invite everyone to come together for a good hobby. Together, our role in promoting Finnish hunting is stronger than ever.