More went small game hunting


A total of 84 000 persons went small game hunting in the hunting year 2016/2017; an increase of 4 per cent from the previous year. The increase is mostly due to more grouse hunters.

In recent years, fewer and fewer grouses have been harvested, and the hunting bag has been at a record low, according to the statistics Active hunters. As a result of the decreasing population of grouse, the landowners in many places have limited the number of hunters. A total of 45 800 hunters went grouse hunting in 2016/2017, which is an increase of 12 per cent from the previous hunting year, according to the statistics Active hunters. For this reason, the number of small game hunters in general increased.

Figure 1. Age distribution in the whole population and among hunters

Hunters 2001/2002 Hunters 2016/2017 The whole population 2001 The whole popultation 2016
16-39 years 44 33 46 44
40-75 years 56 67 54 56

94 000 cervid hunters

A total of 94 200 persons hunted cervids in 2016/2017. 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 61 100 hunted moose. A total of 47 200 hunters participated in red deer hunting. The third most frequent type of hunting was roe deer hunting, which engaged 42 400 hunters, 15 900 of whom had yield from the hunt. Among the cervids, few hunters are allowed to hunt wild reindeer, and only 10 400 hunters took part in wild reindeer hunting in autumn 2016.

Figure 2. Number of active hunters by county of residence

Number of hunters
Akershus 12358
Sør-Trøndelag 11916
Hedmark 10410
Nordland 8909
Hordaland 8626
Nord-Trøndelag 8583
Oppland 7864
Møre og Romsdal 7501
Oslo 7483
Buskerud 7329
Troms 6912
Telemark 6626
Østfold 6418
Rogaland 6258
Vest-Agder 5622
Sogn og Fjordane 5312
Vestfold 4575
Aust-Agder 4280
Finnmark 4120
Foreingers 706
Other 296

The share of women still increasing

In the hunting year of 1971/1972, less than half of one per cent of the hunters were women. In recent decades, the number of female hunters has increased, and in the last hunting year 6.9 per cent of the hunters were women. A total of 9 800 women went hunting during the last hunting year.

Figure 3. Ratio of hunters hunting small game and/or cervids. 2016/2017

Only small game hunting 34% Only cervid hunting 41% Both small game and cervid hunting 25%
Prosent 34 41 25

Most hunters in rural areas

At a national level, 6 per cent of the male population went hunting during the hunting year 2016/2017. The share of hunters is higher in rural areas than in urban areas. In some rural municipalities, more than 40 per cent of the male population over 16 years go hunting. Of the male population in Oslo, only 3 per cent went hunting.

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Figure 4. Ratio of the male population older than 16 years that has hunted in the hunting year 2016/2017