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Small game and roe deer hunting


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Key figures

167 000

grouse shot in the hunting year 2017/2018

Number of roe deer and selected small game species harvested
NumberPer cent
2017-20182016-2017 - 2017-20182012-2013 - 2017-2018
Willow Ptarmigan107 200-9.238.3
Ptarmigan59 600-6.640.6
Capercaillie9 76026.667.4
Black Grouse19 66020.835.0
Wood Pigeon34 800-7.4-17.9
Mallard12 79011.1-0.3
Mountain Hare13 720-3.6-1.5
Red fox21 3201.56.9
Roe deer33 2809.524.7

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Table 1 
Number of woodland birds and wood pigeon harvested

Number of woodland birds and wood pigeon harvested1
CapercaillieBlack GrouseHazel GrouseWood Pigeon
1The figures were corrected 30 April 2015.
2008-200911 83827 3803 05153 277
2009-201011 48026 2103 09056 870
2010-201114 04031 4303 11052 530
2011-201211 76024 3503 30044 630
2012-20135 83014 5601 73042 410
2013-20147 40014 6201 40043 690
2014-20159 18020 1202 04039 960
2015-20164 60013 1501 14039 460
2016-20177 71016 2701 28037 570
2017-20189 76019 6601 61034 800
Østfold220230306 960
Akershus340610806 930
Hedmark3 5303 3101705 190
Oppland7601 4901202 540
Buskerud1 2002 4802403 730
Vestfold7060203 780
Telemark6302 140901 400
Aust-Agder4501 760:450
Vest-Agder1201 240:990
Rogaland20210:1 220
Sogn og Fjordane50200-60
Møre og Romsdal40440:20
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)6301 220250450
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)1 3102 740510850
Troms - Romsa70470:-
Finnmark - Finnmárku12040:-
Unknown hunting county::--

Table 2 
Grouse bag. County

Grouse bag. County
Willow PtarmiganPtarmigan
2008-2009153 28371 597
2009-2010110 20054 050
2010-2011127 85066 850
2011-2012150 35078 650
2012-201377 50042 400
2013-201499 85051 700
2014-2015140 00082 450
2015-2016111 45063 500
2016-2017118 10063 800
2017-2018107 20059 600
Hedmark10 4501 250
Oppland7 7003 650
Buskerud6 7002 000
Telemark3 0501 400
Aust-Agder2 3001 050
Vest-Agder3 1001 050
Rogaland7001 500
Hordaland2 3503 800
Sogn og Fjordane1 8503 150
Møre og Romsdal1 9003 150
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)15 0503 900
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)16 6504 500
Nordland11 65010 750
Troms - Romsa16 80013 150
Finnmark - Finnmárku6 9005 300
Unknown hunting county50:

Table 3 
Number og mallards and greylag geese shot. County

Number og mallards and greylag geese shot. County
MallardGreylag Goose
2008-200916 66912 865
2009-201016 89012 800
2010-201114 75014 630
2011-201212 99013 320
2012-201312 83013 710
2013-201413 60015 690
2014-201515 20016 140
2015-201613 47019 020
2016-201711 51014 720
2017-201812 79015 460
Østfold1 2301 360
Telemark1 18080
Vest-Agder1 0101 130
Rogaland2 790910
Sogn og Fjordane160210
Møre og Romsdal3501 660
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)7302 510
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)7102 350
Nordland4902 050
Troms - Romsa120980
Finnmark - Finnmárku150200
Unknown hunting county--

Table 4 
Number of roe deer shot. County

Number of roe deer shot. County
Roe deer
2009-201030 610
2010-201130 780
2010-201128 780
2011-201225 890
2012-201326 690
2013-201425 710
2014-201526 590
2015-201627 700
2016-201730 380
2017-201833 280
Østfold3 930
Akershus2 720
Hedmark2 630
Oppland1 750
Buskerud1 900
Vestfold2 060
Telemark1 710
Aust-Agder2 480
Vest-Agder2 810
Rogaland1 790
Sogn og Fjordane:
Møre og Romsdal1 910
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)2 550
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)3 390
Nordland1 360
Troms - Romsa-
Finnmark - Finnmárku-
Unknown hunting county:

About the statistics

The purpose of the statistics is to provide information about harvested small game, wild boar and roe deer.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Small game

The species included in the statistics on small game hunting. Includes 35 species of smal game, Wild boar and roe deer.

The hunting year

One hunting year lasts as from 1 April as to 31 March the following year. 

Hunting licence fee

Persons intending to hunt in Norway must pay a hunting license fee to the Wildlife found. The fee covers the full hunting year. Payment of the fee is a prerequisite for hunting, but does not confer the right to hunt in any specific area.

The register of hunters

The Register of Hunters registers those who are licensed to hunt game in Norway. The register also provides an overview of the payment of the hunting licence fee, an annual fee for those who wish to engage in hunting. For more information, see the homepage of The Norwegian Register of Hunters .

Standard classifications

Classification of small game.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Small game and roe deer hunting
Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

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Responsible division

Division for Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural Statistics

Regional level


Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

Not relevant.


Data sets are stored in accordance with Statistics Norway's guidelines for storing computer files.


Background and purpose

The purpose of the statistics is to obtain an overview of a number of small game species and roe deer felled during ordinary hunting. The statistics on small game hunting date back to the hunting year 1971/1972. For the period 1971/1972 - 1992/1993 the statistics refer to a random sample among persons who have paid game conservation tax, later hunting license fee, for the hunting year. As from the hunting year 1993/1994 all hunters who paid the hunting tax were requested to report yield of small game hunting. Due to low return of reports, comprehensive calculations have been necessary to give total estimates. An amendment of section 50 in The Wildlife Act from the 30th of June 2000 gave the Directorate for Nature Management legal authority to fine hunters not reporting. From 2000/2001 the hunter's duty to report has thus become more real and from the hunting year 2001/2002 the response rate has been higher than 90 per cent.

From 1927 to 1984 the roe deer statistics were initially based on reports from the police, and later on from the municipal wildlife boards. From 1984/1985 the roe deer statistics are based on data obtained in the survey for small game hunting. The estimated figures will always have an element of uncertainty.

Users and applications

The statistics are commissioned by The Norwegian Environment Agency, and are an important tool in national management of small game. Major users are central and local wildlife management, research and educational institutions, media and interest groups and interested hunters.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

There are publised statistics over number of felled small game and roe deer and numbers of persons who have paid the hunting licence fee.

Legal authority

The Wildlife Act and the Statistics Act § 2-1.

EEA reference

Not relevant



The statistics cover 35 species of smal game, Wild boar and roe deer were are felled in the counties of Østfold to Finnmark.

Data sources and sampling

The individual hunter.

Everyone who has paid the hunting tax for the relevant hunting year.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Every single hunter must submit a report to Statistics Norway by 1 May on the report form provided or by the Internet.

Regular control and revision steps are carried out on the incoming material. During optical scanning all forms are tested against the Register of hunters. The forms are checked for absolute and possible errors, and errors are correct during the revision of the forms. Examples of possible errors include abnormally high felling numbers and data on species outside their normal range.

Number of felled small game and roe deer are summarized and distributed by county and municipality.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

In consequence of the changed calculation routine, there are breaks in the time series in 1993/1994, 1999/2000 and 2001/2002. It is assumed that the last two breaks have had marginal impact on the results.

From 1927 to 1984 the roe deer statistics were initially based on reports from the police, and later on from the municipal wildlife boards. For 1984-1986 roe deer statistics were suspended because the traditional way of collecting data severely underestimated the yield. From 1987 the roe deer statistics are based on data obtained in the survey for small game hunting. The figures for these years are not comparable with results from earlier years.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The data are checked for absolute and possible errors, but in some cases data on species outside their normal range are not detected. Some reports lack the county of hunting. In these cases the hunter's county of residense are chosen, provided that the species is normally widespread in this county.

In some cases will species be reported in wrong hunting county. Other sources of errors include missing or incorrectly filled out information from the respondent and errors occurring during the optical reading of the report form.

As from the hunting year 2001/2002 the response rate has been higher than 90 per cent, and corrections because of non-response have not been carried out. It is reason to believe that the numbers of hunters without yield, or with very limited yield, is considerably larger among that hunters not reporting than among these reporting. Consequently, the effect of non-response for the number of animals felled should be less than for non-reporting hunters.

As to the hunting year 2000/2001 the yield was estimated by different methods. For some species at the county or municipality level there will be variations that can in part be due the calculation routines employed. This applies particularly to species with limited ranges.

The municipality statistics are estimated by what is reported via the Internet and this reports are the sample survey. Therefore, only municipalities numbers for these municipalities are estimated. It can also be felled species in municipalities that are not included in the statistics as they are reported on paper forms. In such cases, the municipality numbers in that county will be over estimated.

 In addition, the figures may be affected by errors because of incorrect and missing data.


Not relevant