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Decline in small game hunting
A total of 137 600 persons went hunting during the 2006/07 hunting year, a decrease of 3 per cent from the previous hunting year. The decline is mainly due to fewer hunters taking part in small game hunting.
During the last two hunting years, fewer hunters have taken part in small game hunting, whereas nearly as many hunters hunted small game as cervids in 2006/07. In the 2006/07 hunting year, 63 per cent participated in small game hunting and 62 per cent in cervid hunting.
85 900 hunters hunted cervids last year. Cervids include moose, deer, wild reindeer and roe deer. In autumn 2006, a total of 57 400 persons took part in moose hunting. Roe deer is the second most popular of the cervids. 37 400 hunters participated in roe deer hunting.
Since the beginning of the 1990s, the number of felled red deer has almost tripled, and an increasing number of hunters hunt this game. In 2006/07, a total of 33 600 hunters participated in red deer hunting. Wild reindeer was hunted by 8 000 hunters.
Fewer grouse hunters
A total of 54 000 persons hunted grouse in the 2006/07 hunting year. This is a decline of 8 per cent from the previous year. In total, 37 300 grouse hunters had a yield from grouse hunting, and the average yield was six grouse.