Decline in grouse bag
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Number of small game species and roe deer shot during ordinary hunting in Norway. Fewer grouse harvested in the hunting year 2015/2016.

Small game and roe deer hunting2015/2016



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Decline in grouse bag

A total of 175 000 grouse were shot in the hunting year 2015/2016; a decrease of 21 per cent from the previous hunting year. Except for Troms and Finnmark, the grouse bag saw a decline in all counties.

Number of roe deer and selected small game species harvested
NumberPer cent
2015-20162014-2015 - 2015-20162010-2011 - 2015-2016
Willow Ptarmigan111 450-20.4-12.8
Ptarmigan63 500-23.0-5.0
Capercaillie4 600-49.9-67.2
Black Grouse13 150-34.6-58.2
Wood Pigeon39 460-1.3-24.9
Mallard13 470-11.4-8.7
Mountain Hare15 560-11.4-21.8
Red fox21 280-5.25.5
Roe deer27 7004.2-3.8

In total, 111 000 willow grouse and 64 000 ptarmigan were shot, representing a decrease of 20 and 23 per cent respectively.

Willow grouse and ptarmigan are the most important small game species in Norway. The annual harvesting of grouse has declined from over half a million in the hunting year 1999/2000 to 120 000 in the hunting year 2012/2013, which was a record low. This huge decline can be attributed to several factors. As a result of the decreasing population of grouse, the landowners in many places have limited the number of hunters, and bag limits have been applied. In other places, hunting has been discontinued. Less hunting pressure as a result of the restrictions may explain some of the decrease.

Large decline in Sør-Trøndelag and Hedmark

Compared with the previous hunting year, the yield declined by 79 per cent in Hedmark. A total of 3 000 grouse were felled in this county, which is 11 000 fewer than the preceding hunting year. The yield decreased by 71 per cent in the county of Sør-Trøndelag, with a total yield of 6 000. A total of 22 000 grouse were shot in Nordland, which is a decrease of 39 per cent.

Most grouse harvested in Finnmark

Most grouse were shot in the county of Finnmark where 51 000 were harvested; an increase of 74 per cent. In Troms, the hunters shot 46 000 grouse, which is an increase of 22 per cent from the preceding hunting year.

Fewer woodland birds shot

A total of 4 600 capercaillie and 13 200 black grouse were shot in 2015/2016. The yield of black grouse decreased by 35 per cent, while the harvest of capercaillie decreased by 50 per cent.

More roe deer felled

In total, 27 700 roe deer were shot; an increase of 1 100 animals from the previous hunting year.

39 000 wood pigeons shot

Wood pigeon is one of the most frequently harvested small game species in Norway. In total, 39 000 wood pigeons were shot last hunting year. In each of the counties of Østfold and Akershus approximately 8 000 were shot.

13 500 mallards harvested

In 2015/2016, a total of 13 500 mallards and 6 500 common eider were harvested.

In total, 19 000 greylag geese, 3 100 Canada geese and 3 100 pink-footed geese were shot in 2015/2016.