This is an archived release.
Decline in red deer hunting
A total of 36 800 animals were felled during the autumn of 2011 and the winter of 2012 - i.e. 2 300 fewer than in the previous year. For the first time since the hunting year 1989/1990 the felling decreased.
For the first time since 2008 the number of red deer felled was at the same level as the number of moose felled. Out of a felling quota of 56 000 animals, 66 per cent were felled. The felling quota has never been higher, and it increased by more than 1 500 animals from the previous year.
Most red deer felled in Sogn og Fjordane
Although red deer hunting has spread to other regions, almost 95 per cent of the total felling is concentrated in six counties along the Atlantic coast: Rogaland, Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane, Møre og Romsdal, Sør-Trøndelag and Nord-Trøndelag.
In Sogn og Fjordane alone, 15 800 licences were issued and 10 800 animals were felled. This is a decrease of 975 animals compared with the previous year. In the two other main red deer counties - Møre og Romsdal and Hordaland - 10 100 and 7 900 animals were felled respectively. In Møre og Romsdal the felling decreased by 1 000 animals from the previous hunting year, while the felling in Hordaland was almost unchanged.
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Number of deer hunters
A total of 41 700 hunters took part in the red deer hunt in the hunting year 2010/2011. See statistics on hunters for more details.
The felling ratio shows how many animals are shot as a percentage of the number of licences issued.