This is an archived release.
Number of grouse hunters up
A total of 143 000 persons went hunting in the hunting year 2014/2015; an increase of 2 per cent from the previous year. The increase is mostly due to more grouse hunters.
|2014-2015||2013-2014 - 2014-2015|
|Number of hunters||Per cent|
|Hunted, in total||142 850||2.5|
|Small game hunting||87 760||6.1|
|Grouse hunting||49 650||10.1|
|Hunting on cervids||92 860||0.9|
|Moose hunting||61 220||-0.1|
|Red deer hunting||45 350||2.6|
|Wild reindeer hunting||10 610||8.2|
|Roe deer hunting||40 370||2.3|
In recent years, fewer and fewer grouses have been harvested, and in previous hunting years the yield has been at a record low. As a result of the decreasing population of grouse, the landowners in many places have limited the number of hunters. During the last two hunting seasons the grouse population has increased slightly, and more hunters were given the opportunity to hunt grouse. A total of 49 700 hunters went grouse hunting in 2014/2015, which is an increase of 4 500 from the previous hunting year. As a result of more grouse hunters, the number of small game hunters in general also increased. A total of 87 800 hunters took part in small game hunting.
92 900 cervid hunters
A total of 92 900 persons hunted cervids in 2014/2015. Although more red deer than moose are being shot, there are considerably fewer red deer hunters than moose hunters. The number of moose hunters has remained stable, and in the last hunting year 61 200 hunted moose. A total of 45 400 hunters participated in red deer hunting. The third most frequent type of hunting was roe deer hunting, which engaged 40 400 hunters, 14 000 of whom had yield from the hunt. Wild reindeer is the cervid species that fewest persons are allowed to hunt, and only 10 600 people took part in wild reindeer hunting in autumn 2014.
8 900 female hunters
In the last hunting year, 6.3 per cent of the hunters were women. In total, 5.5 per cent of the small game hunters were women.
Most hunters in rural areas
At a national level, 6 per cent of the male population went hunting during the hunting year 2014/2015. The share of hunters is higher in rural areas than in urban areas and in the cities. In some rural municipalities more than 40 per cent of the male population over 16 years old go hunting. Among the male population in Oslo and Bergen, only 3 per cent went hunting.