This is an archived release.
Red deer hunting exceeded moose hunting
A total of 35 700 animals were felled during the autumn of 2008 and the winter of 2009- 3 100 more than in the previous year. For the first time the number of red deer felled exceeded the number of moose felled.
Out of a felling quota of 48 395 animals, 74 per cent were felled. The felling ratio shows how many animals are shot as a percentage of the number of licences issued. Over the past years, the felling ratio has increased for red deer hunting and decreased for moose hunting. The felling quota has never been higher than in 2008, and it increased by almost 4 900 animals from the previous year.
Most red deer felled in Sogn og Fjordane
Although red deer hunting has spread to other regions, as much as 94 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.
The majority were felled in Sogn og Fjordane. Here 14 425 licences were issued and 11 280 animals were felled, resulting in a felling ratio of 82. In the two other main red deer counties - Møre og Romsdal and Hordaland - 10 244 and 6 882 animals were felled respectively. The felling increased by 1 040 and 569 animals, respectively, from previous hunting year.
Number of deer hunters
A total of 34 800 hunters took part in the red deer hunt in the hunting year 2007/08. See statistics on hunters for more details.
Changed reporting unit from the hunting year 2007/08
As from the hunting year 2007/08, The Directorate for Nature Management has decided that reporting on municipality level shall be based on the hunting area of which the municipality is responsible for the administration. Previous years the figures were based on the hunting area within the municipality. This results in break in time series for the statistics. Figures are not comparable for municipalities managing only a part of the hunting area themselves and for municipalities managing area in other municipalities. Municipalities not managing any hunting area themselves will lack in the statistics. Since the municipality figures are not comparable from one year to another, the statistics from now on will be published down to county level.