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Number of red deer shot 2016/2017. Record year for red deer hunting.

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Key figures

37 738

red deer shot in the hunting year 2016/2017

Red deer felled. Preliminary figures
NumberShareChange in per cent
2016-20172016-20172015-2016 - 2016-20172012-2013 - 2016-2017
Total37 738100.011.97.7
Calf5 15913.716.013.7
Yearlings7 28719.318.416.9
Older7 64620.35.74.4
Calf4 72212.516.510.1
Yearlings5 44114.414.38.6
Older7 48319.85.9-2.1

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Table 1 
Red deer hunting, by county

Red deer hunting, by county1
Felling licences, red deerFelled red deerMalesFemalesHarvest percentageFelling licences, red deerFelled red deerMalesFemalesHarvest percentage
1Latest year shows preliminary figures.
The whole country54 08133 71817 83715 8816254 53137 73820 09217 64669
Oppland1 322713429284541 41584750933860
Buskerud1 162358208150311 16939724315434
Telemark1 823565321244311 89356529527030
Rogaland3 4061 8421 063779543 3451 9861 11387359
Hordaland9 7086 7033 4953 208699 8207 4903 9773 51376
Sogn og Fjordane15 2329 6615 0724 5896315 38010 8815 7985 08371
Møre og Romsdal13 3589 0634 7134 3506813 34410 2735 3464 92777
Sør-Trøndelag4 4583 3121 7041 608744 5563 5201 7991 72177
Nord-Trøndelag990555290265561 03667333833565
Troms - Romsa0000.0000.
Finnmark - Finnmárku0000.0000.

Table 2 
Red deer hunting. Animals felled by county,age and sex. Preliminary figures

Red deer hunting. Animals felled by county,age and sex. Preliminary figures
Felled red deerCalfYearlingsOlder
The whole country37 7385 1594 7227 2875 4417 6467 483
Rogaland1 986286239477280350354
Hordaland7 4901 0229321 5181 0951 4371 486
Sogn og Fjordane10 8811 5141 3212 1601 5792 1242 183
Møre og Romsdal10 2731 4571 3241 8901 5491 9992 054
Sør-Trøndelag3 520472455627530700736
Troms - Romsa0000000
Finnmark - Finnmárku0000000

About the statistics

The statistics give an overview of Norwegian red deer hunting. The figures show the number of red deer shot and the number of permissions given, by age and sex. The statistics also comprise figures on estimated carcass weight.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Hunting ground

The basic territorial unit sanctioned for hunting cervids and allotted felling licences.

Qualifying area

The area forming the basis for hunting licences allotted by the municipalities. For moose and red deer, the area includes mainly woodland and bogs.


Cervids includes moose (Alces alces), red deer (Cervus elaphus), wild reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) and roe deer (Capreolus capreolus).

Issued licences

The number of licences allotted to a hunting ground by a municipalitiy.

Cervids felled

The number of cervids felled in regular hunting.

Selective shooting

Licences issued with an obligation for a certain distribution of animals felled, by calf, 1½ year-old animals, adult males and adult females.

Per cent felled

Shot animals as a percentage of licences issued.

The hunting year

One hunting year lasts as from 1 April as to 31 March the following year.

Standard classifications

Classification of cervids after age and sex

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Red deer hunting
Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

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Responsible division

Division for Primary Industry Statistics

Regional level

County and municipality. For the hunting years 2007/08 and 2008/09 figures on municipality level were based on the hunting area where the municipality was responsible for the administration. This area may include area in several municipalities. Previous years, figures on municipality level were based on hunting taking place within the municipality borders. See also 6.1. Since the municipality figures for these two years are not comparable from one year to another, the statistics from the hunting year 2008/09 was published at county level. As from the hunting year 2009/10, the data will be collected and published on municipality level.

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

Not relevant


Data sets are stored at Statistics Norway.


Background and purpose

The purpose of these statistics is to show the extent of red deer hunting in Norway. Statistics on felled animals date back to 1892. Until 1951, the reports were collected from the police and covered all red deer killed, both those that were shot through legal hunting and those that died in other ways, to the extent this was reported. After 1952, the statistics only cover red deer legally killed through ordinary hunting.

Users and applications

The most important users of these statistics are The Norwegian Environment Agency, the County Departments of Environmental Affairs, professional bodies, the media, research and educational institutions and the local wildlife authorities.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given inthe Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

The difference between preliminary and final figures is minimal.

Legal authority

Statistics Act §§ 2-2

EEA reference

Not relevant



The statistics include all legal hunting of red deer in Norway.

Data sources and sampling

The responsible person for each hunting ground.

Total census.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The municipal authorities send forms for reporting to the responsible persons in each hunting ground together with the licence. These responsible persons have a duty to report back to the municipality within 10 days after the end of the hunting period. The municipality then has a duty to send reports to Statistics Norway within 3 weeks.

Sum checks and checks of the number of animals felled compared with licences issued are undertaken. Where necessary, the municipal authorities are contacted to clarify cases of doubt.

The number of felled animals and number of hunting licences are summarised and distributed by country, county and municipality level.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

The statistics are comparable back to 1952 (see chapter 2.1.).

For the hunting years 2007/08 and 2008/09 figures on municipality level were based on the hunting area where the municipality was responsible for the administration. This area may include hunting area in several municipalities. Previous years, figures on municipality level were based on the hunting area within the municipality. This results in a break in time series for the statistics. Municipalities not managing any hunting area themselves will lack in the statistics for these two years. This change was due to more cooperation between municipalities because of expanding hunting grounds. In the hunting year 2007/08 more than thirty municipalities were affected by this change. As from the hunting year 2009/10, the statistics are collected and published at municipality level.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The report work is closely connected to the municipality's management of the stock of red deer and the data quality is regarded as very good. Some big hunting grounds cross municipal borders. In some cases, this makes it difficult to tell in which municipality some of the animals were felled. The distribution of these animals is determined by the local wildlife authorities. This does not affect the total number of red deer shot.

The level of non-response is negligible. Reporting to Statistics Norway is compulsory for all municipalities. Statistics Norway and the county management remind municipalities that have not forwarded the reports within three weeks after the end of the hunting season. In that way all municipalities are covered.


Not relevant