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Another record year for red deer hunting
A total of 29 200 animals were felled during the autumn of 2006 - 1 500 more than the previous year. Since the beginning of the 1990’s the number of felled red deer has almost tripled.
A felling quota of 41 900 animals was allocated for the deer hunting in 2006, of which 70 per cent were felled. This is the largest felling quota ever given and also the highest percentage red deer ever felled. The felling ratio shows how many animals are shot as a percentage of the number of permits issued. In the last years the felling ratio has increased for red deer hunting and decreased for moose hunting. In few years more red deer than moose may be felled during the hunting. See the statistics on moose hunting .
Most red deer felled in Sogn og Fjordane
Even if red deer hunting has spread to other regions of the country, as much as 94 per cent of the total felling is concentrated to five counties along the Atlantic Coast: Rogaland, Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane, Møre og Romsdal and Sør-Trøndelag.
Most red deer were felled in Sogn og Fjordane. 12 458 permission were issued and 9 313 animals were felled in the autumn 2006, a felling ratio of 75. In the two other great “red deer counties” of Møre og Romsdal and Hordaland 8 171 and 5 728 animals were felled respectively. The felling increased in all counties except for Sør-Trøndelag and Vestfold.
Most red deer shot in Kvinnherad municipality
Kvinnherad in the county of Hordaland is the municipality where most animals were felled. Totally 873 animals were felled in Kvinnherad, followed by Hitra and Vindafjord by 830 and 803 red deer respectively. Measured by number of red deer felled in relation to the size of the qualifying area, Giske in the county of Møre og Romsdal is the municipality with highest score. In average, 30.7 animals were shot per 10 square kilometres of qualifying hunting area.
Number of deer hunters
A total of 32 400 hunters took part in red deer hunting in the autumn 2005. See the statistics on hunters for more details.
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