Active hunters

Updated: 30 August 2021

Next update: 30 August 2022

Hunted moose in the hunting year
Hunted moose in the hunting year
2020-2021
59 800
Active hunters
Active hunters
2020-20212019-2020 - 2020-2021
Number of huntersPer cent
Hunted, in total140 3003.4
Small game hunting83 5006.6
Grouse hunting48 50012.2
Hunting on cervids92 7000.7
Moose hunting59 800-0.1
Red deer hunting50 7002.5
Wild reindeer hunting7 900-3.9
Roe deer hunting44 8003.3
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Selected tables and figures from this statistics

Number of hunters who have reported. County of residence
Number of hunters who have reported. County of residence
Number of hunters buying hunting tax cardNumber of hunters who have reportedNumber of hunters not reporting
TotalHuntedNot hunted
The whole country
2013-2014196 870175 990139 38036 61020 890
2014-2015201 420179 280142 85036 43022 140
2015-2016200 630180 070139 01041 06020 560
2016-2017204 400182 510142 10040 40021 890
2017-2018204 340183 210141 76041 45021 130
2018-2019204 800183 080139 77043 31021 720
2019-2020190 400171 280135 66035 63019 150
2020-2021193 730173 820140 32033 50019 910
2020-2021
Viken37 50034 41026 6807 7303 090
Oslo11 89010 7308 0702 6701 150
Innlandet22 98020 74017 6803 0602 250
Vestfold and Telemark14 51013 17010 6202 5501 340
Agder12 66011 3209 3301 9901 340
Rogaland8 9808 2506 1102 130730
Vestland19 19017 41014 1203 2901 780
Møre og Romsdal9 5908 6907 2101 490900
Trøndelag - Trööndelage28 17024 99021 5003 4903 180
Nordland - Nordlánnda12 46010 9308 9202 0101 520
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku14 37012 4709 7102 7601 900
Foreigners940280150120660
Other49044021022050
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Number of hunters, by type of hunting, sex and age
Number of hunters, by type of hunting, sex and age1
Active huntersSmall game huntingGrouse huntingHunting of cervidsMoose huntingRed deer huntingWild reindeer huntingRoe deer hunting
2020-2021
Males128 61077 26044 40085 34054 69047 2207 31041 640
Females11 5606 2004 0907 2305 0203 3906403 090
Age of hunter
-20 years4 2002 7901 5702 8801 8901 5502901 600
20-29 years18 38012 4407 44011 5107 4306 4401 1706 360
30-39 years23 99015 8309 01015 1309 1108 3601 3707 940
40-49 years28 90017 89010 63018 68011 75010 3101 6909 210
50-59 years31 40017 69010 47021 04013 65011 7401 6909 700
60-69 years22 12011 5606 76015 27010 2608 2601 2406 660
70 years or older11 1805 2602 6108 0605 6203 9505003 260
1Comprise persons with Norwegian personal identity number including Norwegians living abroad.
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Number of hunters, by type of hunting. County of residence
Number of hunters, by type of hunting. County of residence
Active huntersSmall game huntingGrouse huntingHunting on cervidsMoose huntingRed deer huntingWild reindeer huntingRoe deer hunting
The whole country
2015-2016139 01080 28040 86094 13061 55046 41011 09041 540
2016-2017142 10083 88045 78094 22061 13047 18010 43042 380
2017-2018141 76082 83045 21094 43060 93048 2209 92043 010
2018-2019139 77083 99047 90091 27059 34048 0307 62042 530
2019-2020135 66078 33043 23092 08059 88049 4708 22043 360
2020-2021140 30083 50048 50092 70059 80050 7007 90044 800
2020-2021
Viken26 70017 8007 50016 20010 9005 6001 30010 100
Oslo8 1006 4004 5003 1001 7001 3005001 400
Innlandet17 70010 0004 40012 40010 0005 1001 6005 800
Vestfold and Telemark10 6005 8001 9008 2005 8005 3001 2005 400
Agder9 3005 1001 8007 9006 2005 7007006 400
Rogaland6 1003 6001 9004 3001 2003 5005002 700
Vestland14 1006 1004 10011 1001 40010 6001 000800
Møre og Romsdal7 2002 9002 0005 9001 8005 6006002 900
Trøndelag - Trööndelage21 50013 1009 90013 80011 5007 6006008 000
Nordland - Nordlánnda8 9005 7004 6005 2004 90020001 000
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku9 7006 7005 9004 5004 4001000100
Foreigners200100010010000100
Other200100100100100000
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About the statistics

The purpose of the statistics is to provide information about active hunters and which species they hunt.

Hunter

A person that has paid hunting tax for the hunting season.

Small game

The species included in the statistics on small game hunting. Includes36 species of birds, mammals and roe deer.

Cervid hunters

Persons hunting the following cervid species: moose, red deer, wild reindeer and roe deer.

Small game hunters

Persons hunting the following small game species: capercaillie, black grouse, willow ptarmigan, common ptarmigan, hazel grouse, wood pigeon, European golden-plover, raven, crow, magpie, jay, thrush, woodcock, snipe, mallard, common teal, wigeon, golden eye, merganser, tufted duck, common eider, long-tailed duck, common scoter, greylag goose, Canadian goose, pink-footed goose, shag, cormorant, gulls, beaver, mountain hare, red squirrel, red fox, badger, American mink, pine marten and stoat.

The hunting year

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

Hunting licence fee

Persons intending to hunt in Norway must pay a hunting licence fee to the Wildlife Fund. The fee is for the full hunting year. Payment of the fee is a prerequisite for hunting, but does not confer the right to hunt in any specific area.

The register of hunters

The Register of Hunters contains hunters licensed to hunt game in Norway. The register also provides an overview of the payment of the hunting licence fee; an annual fee for those who wish to engage in hunting. For more information, see the homepage.

License hunting

License hunting involves the use of lethal control to kill a specific number of individual of a given wildlife species motivated by the desire to reduce conflict or depredation. It is authorised under The Norwegian Nature Diversity Act. It is a requirement that hunters are registered as license hunters in the Hunter's register. Registration is made for each large carnivore species, for each separate hunting year.

Name: Active hunters

Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

30 August 2022

Division for Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural Statistics

Municipality.

Annual.

Not relevant

Data sets are stored in accordance with Statistics Norway's guidelines for storing computer files.

The purpose of the statistics is to obtain an overview of the hunting practice in Norway. The statistics date back to the hunting year 1971/1972. From 1971/1972 to1985/1986 the hunters were asked what type of hunting they intended to carry out. For 1994/1995 and as from 1997/1998 the hunters are asked what type of hunting they have actually carried out. As from 2001/2002, the response rate has been high enough to produce statistics on the hunter's participation in different kinds of hunting.

From the hunting season 2008/2009 figures are published at the municipal level.

The statistics are commissioned by The Norwegian Environment Agency, and are an important tool in the national management of small game. Major users are central and local wildlife management, research and educational institutions, the media, interest groups and interested hunters.

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 in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

There are publised statistics over number of felled small game and roe deer and numbers of persons who have paid the hunting licence fee.

The Wildlife Act and the Statistics Act § 2-1.

Not relevant

The statistics cover all hunters that have paid the hunting licence fee.

The individual hunter.

Everyone that has paid the hunting licence fee for the relevant hunting year.

Every single hunter must submit a report to Statistics Norway by 1 May on the report form provided or via the Internet.

Regular controls and revisions are carried out on the incoming material. All forms are checked against the Register of Hunters using optical scanning. The forms are checked for absolute and possible errors, and errors are corrected during the revision of the forms.

The hunter's participation in different kinds of hunting is summarised and distributed by county and municipality of residence.

Not relevant
Not relevant

From 1971/1972 to1985/1986, the hunters were asked what type of hunting they intended to carry out. For 1994/1995 and from 1997/1998, the hunters were asked what type of hunting they actually carried out.

Hunters are required to report on the main type of hunting they have carried out. In some cases the hunters either incorrectly report that they have hunted moose, red deer and wild reindeer, or they forget to report. For small game and roe deer hunting, this information can be checked against animals felled. If no animals are felled, however, this information cannot be verified. Other sources of error include missing or incorrectly filled out information from the respondent, and errors during the optical reading of the report form.

Since the hunting year 2001/2002, the response rate has been higher than 90 per cent, and corrections due to non-response have not been carried out. There is reason to believe that the number of hunters without yield, or with very limited yield, is considerably higher among the hunters not reporting than those reporting. Consequently, the effect of non-response for the number of animals felled should be less than for non-reporting hunters.

Until the hunting year 2000/2001, the yield was estimated using different methods. The county level can have variations that are partly due to the calculation routines employed.

In addition, the figures may be affected by errors caused by incorrect and missing data.

Not relevant

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