Small game and roe deer hunting

Updated: 30 August 2021

Next update: Not yet determined

Grouse shot in the hunting year
Grouse shot in the hunting year
2020-2021
176 500

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

Number of woodland birds and wood pigeon harvested
Number of woodland birds and wood pigeon harvested
CapercaillieBlack GrouseHazel GrouseWood Pigeon
2011-201211 76024 3503 30044 630
2012-20135 83014 5601 73042 410
2013-20147 40014 6201 40043 690
2014-20159 18020 1202 04039 960
2015-20164 60013 1501 14039 460
2016-20177 71016 2701 28037 570
2017-20189 76019 6601 61034 800
2018-201913 09019 9302 29029 580
2019-20206 70013 9401 97032 420
2020-20219 49018 1801 81033 660
2020-2021
Viken1 5802 96034016 820
Oslo40100:60
Innlandet3 9304 5902508 700
Vestfold and Telemark6101 800604 830
Agder3601 910:870
Rogaland20180-870
Vestland40350:70
Møre og Romsdal30340:130
Trøndelag - Trööndelage2 4804 5401 0301 160
Nordland - Nordlánnda2201 06010090
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku150350:30
Unknown hunting county4030:40
Explanation of symbols
Grouse bag. County
Grouse bag. County
Willow PtarmiganPtarmigan
2011-2012150 35078 650
2012-201377 50042 400
2013-201499 85051 700
2014-2015140 00082 450
2015-2016111 45063 500
2016-2017118 10063 800
2017-2018107 20059 600
2018-2019124 00057 900
2019-2020104 20045 100
2020-2021126 80049 700
2020-2021
Viken10 2002 600
Oslo--
Innlandet24 0004 700
Vestfold and Telemark4 1001 800
Agder5 2002 100
Rogaland7001 300
Vestland4 8006 700
Møre og Romsdal1 5003 000
Trøndelag - Trööndelage45 10010 100
Nordland - Nordlánnda12 6007 400
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku18 50010 000
Unknown hunting county300100
Explanation of symbols
Number og mallards and greylag geese shot. County
Number og mallards and greylag geese shot. County
MallardGreylag Goose
2011-201212 99013 320
2012-201312 83013 710
2013-201413 60015 690
2014-201515 20016 140
2015-201613 47019 020
2016-201711 51014 720
2017-201812 79015 460
2018-201910 70015 630
2019-20209 49015 300
2020-20219 89013 160
2020-2021
Viken2 3501 590
Oslo::
Innlandet1 140180
Vestfold and Telemark8501 350
Agder1 0501 020
Rogaland2 070790
Vestland570540
Møre og Romsdal2201 460
Trøndelag - Trööndelage9903 300
Nordland - Nordlánnda4601 740
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku1601 210
Unknown hunting county30:
Explanation of symbols
Number of roe deer shot. County
Number of roe deer shot. County
Roe deer
2012-201325 890
2013-201426 690
2013-201425 710
2014-201526 590
2015-201627 700
2016-201730 380
2017-201833 280
2018-201929 520
2019-202031 920
2020-202134 300
2020-2021
Viken9 580
Oslo70
Innlandet4 330
Vestfold and Telemark4 250
Agder4 960
Rogaland1 650
Vestland200
Møre og Romsdal1 840
Trøndelag - Trööndelage6 300
Nordland - Nordlánnda1 140
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku-
Unknown hunting county:
Explanation of symbols

About the statistics

The purpose of the statistics is to provide information about harvested small game, wild boar and roe deer.

Small game

The species included in the statistics on small game hunting. Includes 40 species of smal game, wild boar and roe deer.

The hunting year

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

Hunting licence fee

Persons intending to hunt in Norway must pay a hunting license fee to the Wildlife found. The fee covers 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 registers those who are 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 of The Norwegian Register of Hunters .

Name: Small game and roe deer hunting

Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

Not yet determined

Division for Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural Statistics

Municipality.

Annual.

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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 a number of small game species and roe deer felled during ordinary hunting. The statistics on small game hunting date back to the hunting year 1971/1972. For the period 1971/1972 - 1992/1993 the statistics refer to a random sample among persons who have paid game conservation tax, later hunting license fee, for the hunting year. As from the hunting year 1993/1994 all hunters who paid the hunting tax were requested to report yield of small game hunting. Due to low return of reports, comprehensive calculations have been necessary to give total estimates. An amendment of section 50 in The Wildlife Act from the 30th of June 2000 gave the Directorate for Nature Management legal authority to fine hunters not reporting. From 2000/2001 the hunter's duty to report has thus become more real and from the hunting year 2001/2002 the response rate has been higher than 90 per cent.

From 1927 to 1984 the roe deer statistics were initially based on reports from the police, and later on from the municipal wildlife boards. From 1984/1985 the roe deer statistics are based on data obtained in the survey for small game hunting. The estimated figures will always have an element of uncertainty.

The statistics are commissioned by The Norwegian Environment Agency, and are an important tool in national management of small game. Major users are central and local wildlife management, research and educational institutions, media and 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 numbers of persons who have paid the hunting licence fee.

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

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The statistics cover 40 species of smal game, wild boar and roe deer.

The individual hunter.

Everyone who has paid the hunting tax for the relevant hunting year.

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

Regular control and revision steps are carried out on the incoming material. During optical scanning all forms are tested against the Register of hunters. The forms are checked for absolute and possible errors, and errors are correct during the revision of the forms. Examples of possible errors include abnormally high felling numbers and data on species outside their normal range.

Number of felled small game and roe deer are summarized and distributed by county and municipality.

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In consequence of the changed calculation routine, there are breaks in the time series in 1993/1994, 1999/2000 and 2001/2002. It is assumed that the last two breaks have had marginal impact on the results.

From 1927 to 1984 the roe deer statistics were initially based on reports from the police, and later on from the municipal wildlife boards. For 1984-1986 roe deer statistics were suspended because the traditional way of collecting data severely underestimated the yield. From 1987 the roe deer statistics are based on data obtained in the survey for small game hunting. The figures for these years are not comparable with results from earlier years.

The data are checked for absolute and possible errors, but in some cases data on species outside their normal range are not detected. Some reports lack the county of hunting. In these cases the hunter's county of residense are chosen, provided that the species is normally widespread in this county.

In some cases will species be reported in wrong hunting county. Other sources of errors include missing or incorrectly filled out information from the respondent and errors occurring during the optical reading of the report form.

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

As to the hunting year 2000/2001 the yield was estimated by different methods. For some species at the county or municipality level there will be variations that can in part be due the calculation routines employed. This applies particularly to species with limited ranges.

The municipality statistics are estimated by what is reported via the Internet and this reports are the sample survey. Therefore, only municipalities numbers for these municipalities are estimated. It can also be felled species in municipalities that are not included in the statistics as they are reported on paper forms. In such cases, the municipality numbers in that county will be over estimated.

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

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