With the exception of females with pups, the lynx can be hunted in Estonia from the 1st of December to the 28th of February. Lynxes are hunted with dogs. Lynx hunting is only possible when there is snow on the ground. When planning to go lynx hunting, it is necessary to start tracking lynx movements immediately after the first snowfall. This way, the hunters can find out the number of lynxes in the area and the structure of the population. A keen eye is needed to decipher lynx tracks, because lynxes likes to take advantage of hard pathways formed during the soft snow season. Once the forest area where the lynx remains is determined, a dog is released on the latest tracks found. The number of lynxes and hunting quotas are divided by county. The number of lynx hunted each year varies according to the licenses granted by the government. The highest number of licenses that have been granted has been approximately 100. Usually all harvested adults are medal-worthy.
However, in the last 3 years there have been no licenses for lynx hunting in Estonia.