Moose hunting

Updated: 22 March 2021

Next update: 23 March 2022

The number of moose shot in the hunting year
The number of moose shot in the hunting year
31 740

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

Moose hunting, by county. Preliminary figures
Moose hunting, by county. Preliminary figures
Felling licences, mooseFelled mooseMalesFemalesHarvest percentage
The whole country39 89231 74017 76313 97780
Viken5 6544 0182 1891 82971
Innlandet10 5128 7164 9333 78383
Vestfold og Telemark2 6522 2061 1941 01283
Agder2 1831 53586367270
Møre og Romsdal3441721007250
Trøndelag - Trööndelage9 6388 0644 4913 57384
Nordland5 1744 3672 4911 87684
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku3 1512 4391 3761 06377
Explanation of symbols
Moose felled, by county, age and sex. Preliminary figures
Moose felled, by county, age and sex. Preliminary figures
The whole country31 7405 4755 3245 1933 5527 0955 101
Viken4 018633636710511846682
Innlandet8 7161 5861 4941 4088821 9391 407
Vestfold og Telemark2 206352404316242526366
Agder1 535187225273211403236
Møre og Romsdal172272230154335
Trøndelag - Trööndelage8 0641 6721 5721 2168381 6031 163
Nordland4 3676196047995301 073742
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku2 439360334413308603421
Explanation of symbols

About the statistics

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

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 to 31 March the following year.

Name: Moose hunting

Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

23 March 2022

Division for Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural Statistics

County and municipality. For the hunting years 2007/08 and 2008/09 figures on municipality level are based on the hunting area where the municipality is responsible for the administration. This area may include area in adjacent municipalities. Previous years, figures on municipality level were based on hunting taking place within the municipality borders. 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 on county level. As from the hunting year 2009/10, the data are collected and published by municipality.


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Data sets are stored at Statistics Norway.

The purpose of the statistics is to show the extent of moose hunting in Norway. Statistics on felled animals date back to 1889. Until 1951, the reports were collected from the police and covered all moose 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 moose legally killed through ordinary hunting.

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.

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on 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.

The difference between preliminary and final numbers is minimal.

The Statistics Act §§ 2-2

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The statistics include all legal hunting of moose in Norway.

The responsible person for each hunting ground report the results of the hunt to the municipality. The municipality is responsibel for reporting aggregated data for the municipality.

Total census.

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.

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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 adjacent municipalities. Previous years, figures on municipality level were based on the hunting area within the municipality border. This results in a break in time series for the statistics for these two years. Municipalities not managing any hunting area themselves will lack in the statistics. This change is due to more cooperation between municipalities because of expanding hunting grounds. In the hunting year 2007/08 more than 60 municipalities are affected by this change. As from the hunting year 2009/10, data will be collected and published at municipality level.

The report work is closely connected to the municipality's management of the stock of moose 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 moose 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 from the end of the hunting season. In that way all municipalities are covered.

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