Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing
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Moose hunting


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Key figures

30 253

the number of moose shot in the hunting year 2019/2020

Moose felled. Preliminary figures1
NumberShareChange in per cent
2019-20202019-20202018-2019 - 2019-20202015-2016 - 2019-2020
1Data not available for: Krødsherad, Rødøy, Tjeldsund, Skånland og Skjervøy.
Total30 253100.0-1.3-2.8
Calf5 30917.55.60.8
Yearlings4 66515.4-9.8-14.1
Older7 17023.72.04.9
Calf4 99416.53.2-0.9
Yearlings3 31511.0-9.8-11.3
Older4 80015.9-2.5-0.5

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Table 1 
Moose hunting, by county

Moose hunting, by county1
Felling licences, mooseFelled mooseMalesFemalesHarvest percentageFelling licences, mooseFelled mooseMalesFemalesHarvest percentage
1Latest year shows preliminary figures.
The whole country39 81530 66617 22813 4387739 48830 25317 14413 10977
Østfold (-2019)1 380948555393691 37690052337765
Akershus (-2019)1 603971581390611 28288352935470
Hedmark (-2019)6 2615 0102 8332 177806 1814 9322 7812 15180
Oppland (-2019)4 2113 1311 7551 376744 0923 3221 8921 43081
Buskerud (-2019)2 9162 0191 111908693 0391 9961 07092666
Vestfold (-2019)4073321911418239530617812877
Telemark (-2019)2 0981 571892679752 4411 65094570568
Aust-Agder (-2019)1 202834474360691 19779447032466
Vest-Agder (-2019)1 115672364308601 08462434827658
Hordaland (-2019)854323205112754312343
Sogn og Fjordane (-2019)982010102010228151327
Møre og Romsdal48828317111258383169997044
Trøndelag - Trööndelage9 6658 1824 4723 710859 5327 9524 3643 58883
Nordland4 8154 1362 3741 762864 9954 1242 3721 75283
Troms - Romsa (-2019)2 0601 643919724801 8971 57491865683
Finnmark - Finnmárku (-2019)1 071763445318711 02082153029180

Table 2 
Moose felled, by county, age and sex. Preliminary figures

Moose felled, by county, age and sex. Preliminary figures
The whole country30 2535 3094 9944 6653 3157 1704 800
Østfold (-2019)90012290232161169126
Akershus (-2019)883181152160102188100
Hedmark (-2019)4 9321 0349446644491 083758
Oppland (-2019)3 322513478509321870631
Buskerud (-2019)1 996292285282242496399
Vestfold (-2019)306515951197650
Telemark (-2019)1 650262263240165443277
Aust-Agder (-2019)7949489169108207127
Vest-Agder (-2019)6248785919517096
Hordaland (-2019)541310611212
Sogn og Fjordane (-2019)28433486
Møre og Romsdal169312723164527
Trøndelag - Trööndelage7 9521 6311 5611 0528061 6811 221
Nordland4 1245535757335181 086659
Troms - Romsa (-2019)1 574281247286201351208
Finnmark - Finnmárku (-2019)8211281061529525090

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.


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 to 31 March the following year.

Standard classifications

Classification of cervids after age and sex

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Moose hunting
Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

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Responsible division

Division for Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural Statistics

Regional level

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.

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

Not relevant


Data sets are stored at Statistics Norway.


Background and purpose

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.

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 numbers is minimal.

Legal authority

The Statistics Act §§ 2-2

EEA reference

Not relevant



The statistics include all legal hunting of moose in Norway.

Data sources and sampling

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.

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.

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 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.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

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.


Not relevant