Red deer hunting

Updated: 23 March 2022

Next update: Not yet determined

The number of red deer shot hunting year
The number of red deer shot hunting year
2021-2022
52 806
Red deer felled. Preliminary figures
Red deer felled. Preliminary figures
NumberShareChange in per cent
2021-20222021-20222020-2021 - 2021-20222017-2018 - 2021-2022
Total52 806100.05.524.1
Males
Calf8 22915.69.537.5
Yearlings8 59116.32.69.4
Older9 05517.12.36.9
Females
Calf7 76314.79.039.9
Yearlings8 23015.67.137.7
Older10 93820.74.225.4
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Selected tables and figures from this statistics

Red deer hunting, by county. Preliminary figures
Red deer hunting, by county. Preliminary figures
2021-2022
Felling licences, red deerFelled red deerMalesFemalesHarvest percentage
The whole country73 06152 80625 87526 93172
Viken1 61858433624836
Oslo0000.
Innlandet2 8701 62890172757
Vestfold og Telemark2 32397754942842
Agder2 4381 36773862956
Rogaland4 6273 4251 7261 69974
Vestland33 91225 65712 44313 21476
Møre og Romsdal17 37513 6276 4417 18678
Trøndelag - Trööndelage7 8455 5152 7232 79270
Nordland - Nordlánnda532618849
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku0000.
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Red deer hunting. Animals felled by county,age and sex. Preliminary figures
Red deer hunting. Animals felled by county,age and sex. Preliminary figures
2021-2022
Felled red deerCalfYearlingsOlder
TotalMalesFemalesMalesFemalesMalesFemales
The whole country52 8068 2297 7638 5918 2309 05510 938
Viken58463639766176119
Oslo0000000
Innlandet1 628189206273174439347
Vestfold og Telemark977128128155103266197
Agder1 367172201244181322247
Rogaland3 425574538627581525580
Vestland25 6574 0713 7984 3424 3004 0305 116
Møre og Romsdal13 6272 2052 0262 0452 0612 1913 099
Trøndelag - Trööndelage5 5158248008007601 0991 232
Nordland - Nordlánnda26338471
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku0000000
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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.

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

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.

Name: Red deer hunting

Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

Not yet determined

Division for Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural Statistics

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.

Annual.

Not relevant

Data sets are stored at Statistics Norway.

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.

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 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.

The difference between preliminary and final figures is minimal.

Statistics Act §§ 2-2

Not relevant

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

The responsible person for each hunting ground.

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 level.

Not relevant
Not relevant

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.

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.

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