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Red deer hunting


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Key figures

46 356

the number of red deer shot hunting year 2019/2020

Red deer felled. Preliminary figures1
NumberShareChange in per cent
2019-20202019-20202018-2019 - 2019-20202015-2016 - 2019-2020
1Data not available for: Krødsherad and Flesberg.
Total46 356100.05.837.5
Calf6 94615.011.956.2
Yearlings7 77216.82.126.3
Older8 43818.22.016.6
Calf6 52114.18.860.9
Yearlings6 97115.04.246.4
Older9 70820.97.337.4

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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 country62 66643 82022 09521 7257064 70346 35623 15623 20072
Østfold (-2019)18116561181510583
Akershus (-2019)127211291713830181222
Hedmark (-2019)7202421411013476533317515844
Oppland (-2019)1 610871525346541 4591 06459746773
Buskerud (-2019)1 299351210141271 20540822618234
Vestfold (-2019)280139706950233136825458
Telemark (-2019)1 864547304243292 04070239530734
Aust-Agder (-2019)8193512001514382845326918455
Vest-Agder (-2019)1 113497276221451 15257832425450
Rogaland3 8452 4251 3291 096633 8952 6091 3851 22467
Hordaland (-2019)10 4208 7304 4104 3208411 7559 2764 6804 59679
Sogn og Fjordane (-2019)18 37612 3516 2536 0986719 39612 9536 4526 50167
Møre og Romsdal15 54212 3015 9496 3527914 94712 5095 9956 51484
Trøndelag - Trööndelage6 5874 9692 4002 569756 8275 2702 5362 73477
Troms - Romsa (-2019)0000.0000.
Finnmark - Finnmárku (-2019)0000.0000.

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 country46 3566 9466 5217 7726 9718 4389 708
Østfold (-2019)15444120
Akershus (-2019)30855255
Hedmark (-2019)333294957438966
Oppland (-2019)1 064110135170109317223
Buskerud (-2019)4084551656611665
Vestfold (-2019)13623182393627
Telemark (-2019)70276948860231153
Aust-Agder (-2019)4535353906012671
Vest-Agder (-2019)5787778988414992
Rogaland2 609417331500437468456
Hordaland (-2019)9 2761 3941 2631 6771 4591 6091 874
Sogn og Fjordane (-2019)12 9531 9771 8152 2832 0322 1922 654
Møre og Romsdal12 5091 9571 8231 9531 8762 0852 815
Trøndelag - Trööndelage5 2707748007557301 0071 204
Troms - Romsa (-2019)0000000
Finnmark - Finnmárku (-2019)0000000

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