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Red deer hunting


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Key figures

43 777

the number of red deer shot hunting year 2018/2019

Red deer felled. Preliminary figures
NumberShareChange in per cent
2018-20192018-20192017-2018 - 2018-20192014-2015 - 2018-2019
Total43 777100.02.924.6
Calf6 20114.23.633.7
Yearlings7 61417.4-3.114.6
Older8 26318.9-2.413.4
Calf5 99313.78.044.9
Yearlings6 68715.311.926.7
Older9 01920.63.426.1

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Table 1 
Red deer hunting, by county

Red deer hunting, by county1
Felling licences, red deerFelled red deerMalesFemalesHarvest percentageFelling licences, red deerFelled red deerMalesFemalesHarvest percentage
1Latest year shows preliminary figures.
The whole country57 23442 55622 30720 2497462 66643 77722 07821 69970
Oppland1 440957566391661 61087152534654
Buskerud1 270507311196401 29935121114027
Telemark1 816644358286351 86454730424329
Vest-Agder969426228198441 11349727622145
Rogaland3 4112 1671 175992643 8452 4251 3291 09663
Hordaland9 9488 2184 3443 8748310 4208 7304 4104 32084
Sogn og Fjordane16 57612 8226 6706 1527718 37612 3336 2436 09067
Møre og Romsdal13 86011 4535 8985 5558315 54212 2855 9456 34079
Trøndelag6 5874 9642 3982 56675.4
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)4 9243 8071 8911 916770000.
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)1 213705381324580000.
Troms - Romsa0000.0000.
Finnmark - Finnmárku0000.0000.

Table 2 
Red deer hunting. Animals felled by county,age and sex. Preliminary figures

Red deer hunting. Animals felled by county,age and sex. Preliminary figures
Felled red deerCalfYearlingsOlder
The whole country43 7776 2015 9937 6146 6878 2639 019
Rogaland2 425374315492370463411
Hordaland8 7301 2191 2001 6161 4091 5751 711
Sogn og Fjordane12 3331 7141 6752 2751 9092 2542 506
Møre og Romsdal12 2851 8551 7091 9811 9402 1092 691
Trøndelag4 9647237537456939301 120
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)0000000
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)0000000
Troms - Romsa0000000
Finnmark - Finnmárku0000000

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.


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 as to 31 March the following year.

Standard classifications

Classification of cervids after age and sex

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Red deer 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 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.

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

Not relevant


Data sets are stored at Statistics Norway.


Background and purpose

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.

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 figures is minimal.

Legal authority

Statistics Act §§ 2-2

EEA reference

Not relevant



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

Data sources and sampling

The responsible person for each hunting ground.

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 level.

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 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.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

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.


Not relevant