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Red deer hunting


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Key figures

42 541

the number of red deer shot

Red deer felled. Preliminary figures
NumberShareChange in per cent
2017-20182017-20182016-2017 - 2017-20182013-2014 - 2017-2018
Total42 541100.012.617.5
Calf5 98214.115.726.9
Yearlings7 85418.57.716.5
Older8 45819.910.414.3
Calf5 54513.017.429.0
Yearlings5 98314.19.98.9
Older8 71920.516.515.4

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Table 1 
Red deer hunting, by county

Red deer hunting, by county1
Felling licences, red deerFelled red deerMalesFemalesHarvest percentageFelling licences, red deerFelled red deerMalesFemalesHarvest percentage
1Latest year shows preliminary figures.
The whole country54 53137 77320 12517 6486957 23342 54122 29420 24774
Oppland1 415847509338601 44095756639166
Buskerud1 169397243154341 27050731119640
Telemark1 893566297269301 81664235628635
Rogaland3 3451 9781 114864593 4112 1641 17499063
Hordaland9 8207 4903 9773 513769 9488 2134 3423 87183
Sogn og Fjordane15 38010 8835 8035 0807116 57612 8186 6666 15277
Møre og Romsdal13 34410 2995 3624 9377713 86011 4615 8985 56383
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)4 5563 5201 7991 721774 9243 8071 8911 91677
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)1 036673338335651 21370738232558
Troms - Romsa0000.0000.
Finnmark - Finnmárku0000.0000.

Table 2 
Red deer hunting. Animals felled by county,age and sex. Preliminary figures

Red deer hunting. Animals felled by county,age and sex. Preliminary figures
Felled red deerCalfYearlingsOlder
The whole country42 5415 9825 5457 8545 9838 4588 719
Rogaland2 164291276468328415386
Hordaland8 2131 1481 0171 5671 1681 6271 686
Sogn og Fjordane12 8181 8111 6862 4571 9002 3982 566
Møre og Romsdal11 4611 7181 5832 0331 5922 1472 388
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)3 807511497627539753880
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)707959312381164151
Troms - Romsa0000000
Finnmark - Finnmárku0000000

About the statistics

The statistics give an overview of Norwegian red deer hunting. The figures show the number of red deer shot and the number of permissions given, by age and sex. The statistics also comprise figures on estimated carcass weight.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Hunting ground

The basic territorial unit sanctioned for hunting cervids and allotted felling licences.

Qualifying area

The area forming the basis for hunting licences allotted by the municipalities. For moose and red deer, the area includes mainly woodland and bogs.


Cervids includes moose (Alces alces), red deer (Cervus elaphus), wild reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) and roe deer (Capreolus capreolus).

Issued licences

The number of licences allotted to a hunting ground by a municipalitiy.

Cervids felled

The number of cervids felled in regular hunting.

Selective shooting

Licences issued with an obligation for a certain distribution of animals felled, by calf, 1½ year-old animals, adult males and adult females.

Per cent felled

Shot animals as a percentage of licences issued.

The hunting year

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

Standard classifications

Classification of cervids after age and sex

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Red deer hunting
Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

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Responsible division

Division for Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural Statistics

Regional level

County and municipality. For the hunting years 2007/08 and 2008/09 figures on municipality level were based on the hunting area where the municipality was responsible for the administration. This area may include area in several municipalities. Previous years, figures on municipality level were based on hunting taking place within the municipality borders. See also 6.1. Since the municipality figures for these two years are not comparable from one year to another, the statistics from the hunting year 2008/09 was published at county level. As from the hunting year 2009/10, the data will be collected and published on municipality level.

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

Not relevant


Data sets are stored at Statistics Norway.


Background and purpose

The purpose of these statistics is to show the extent of red deer hunting in Norway. Statistics on felled animals date back to 1892. Until 1951, the reports were collected from the police and covered all red deer killed, both those that were shot through legal hunting and those that died in other ways, to the extent this was reported. After 1952, the statistics only cover red deer legally killed through ordinary hunting.

Users and applications

The most important users of these statistics are The Norwegian Environment Agency, the County Departments of Environmental Affairs, professional bodies, the media, research and educational institutions and the local wildlife authorities.

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 inthe Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

The difference between preliminary and final figures is minimal.

Legal authority

Statistics Act §§ 2-2

EEA reference

Not relevant



The statistics include all legal hunting of red deer in Norway.

Data sources and sampling

The responsible person for each hunting ground.

Total census.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The municipal authorities send forms for reporting to the responsible persons in each hunting ground together with the licence. These responsible persons have a duty to report back to the municipality within 10 days after the end of the hunting period. The municipality then has a duty to send reports to Statistics Norway within 3 weeks.

Sum checks and checks of the number of animals felled compared with licences issued are undertaken. Where necessary, the municipal authorities are contacted to clarify cases of doubt.

The number of felled animals and number of hunting licences are summarised and distributed by country, county and municipality level.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

The statistics are comparable back to 1952 (see chapter 2.1.).

For the hunting years 2007/08 and 2008/09 figures on municipality level were based on the hunting area where the municipality was responsible for the administration. This area may include hunting area in several municipalities. Previous years, figures on municipality level were based on the hunting area within the municipality. This results in a break in time series for the statistics. Municipalities not managing any hunting area themselves will lack in the statistics for these two years. This change was due to more cooperation between municipalities because of expanding hunting grounds. In the hunting year 2007/08 more than thirty municipalities were affected by this change. As from the hunting year 2009/10, the statistics are collected and published at municipality level.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The report work is closely connected to the municipality's management of the stock of red deer and the data quality is regarded as very good. Some big hunting grounds cross municipal borders. In some cases, this makes it difficult to tell in which municipality some of the animals were felled. The distribution of these animals is determined by the local wildlife authorities. This does not affect the total number of red deer shot.

The level of non-response is negligible. Reporting to Statistics Norway is compulsory for all municipalities. Statistics Norway and the county management remind municipalities that have not forwarded the reports within three weeks after the end of the hunting season. In that way all municipalities are covered.


Not relevant