This is an archived release.
New decline in red deer hunting
A total of 35 000 animals were shot during the hunting season in the autumn of 2012 and the winter of 2013; 1 800 fewer than in the previous year. For the second year running, the number of red deer shot decreased.
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Until the peak was reached in the hunting year 2010/2011, the number of red deer shot had increased every year since the hunting year 1989/1990. For the fifth year in a row, the number of red deer shot was higher than the number of moose shot. Out of a quota of 55 700 animals, 63 per cent were shot. The quota was 300 lower than in the previous year.
Strongest decrease in Møre og Romsdal
Although red deer hunting has spread to other regions, almost 95 per cent of the total felling takes place in six counties along the Atlantic coast: Rogaland, Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane, Møre og Romsdal, Sør-Trøndelag and Nord-Trøndelag.
The fall in the number of red deer shot was strongest in Møre og Romsdal. In total, 8 900 red deer out of a quota of 14 000 were shot. This is a decline of 1 200 animals from the previous hunting year.
In the two other main red deer counties – Sogn og Fjordane and Hordaland – 10 100 and 7 900 red deer were shot respectively. In Sogn og Fjordane, the number of animals shot decreased by 675 compared with the previous year, while 54 more red deer were shot in Hordaland than the year before.
Number of deer hunters
A total of 43 200 hunters took part in the red deer hunt in the hunting year 2012/2013.