Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing
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Red deer hunting


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Key figures

50 053

the number of red deer shot hunting year 2020/2021

Red deer felled. Preliminary figures1
NumberShareChange in per cent
2020-20212020-20212019-2020 - 2020-20212016-2017 - 2020-2021
1Data not available for: Krødsherad and Flesberg.
Total50 053100.07.832.5
Calf7 51815.08.145.4
Yearlings8 37316.77.514.8
Older8 85317.74.715.5
Calf7 12014.28.950.8
Yearlings7 68615.410.241.2
Older10 50321.07.940.4

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Table 1 
Red deer hunting, by county. Preliminary figures

Red deer hunting, by county. Preliminary figures
Felling licences, red deerFelled red deerMalesFemalesHarvest percentage
The whole country67 57350 05324 74425 30974
Viken1 54855433521936
Innlandet2 5911 57488668861
Vestfold og Telemark2 21293254239042
Agder2 2331 27070556557
Rogaland4 3013 0421 5421 50071
Vestland30 70124 20511 86212 34379
Møre og Romsdal16 30813 0286 2106 81880
Trøndelag - Trööndelage7 6295 4232 6512 77271
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku0000.

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 country50 0537 5187 1208 3737 6868 85310 503
Innlandet1 574153182268190465316
Vestfold og Telemark932130112126103286175
Agder1 270183175206163316227
Rogaland3 042452446579509511545
Vestland24 2053 6993 4924 2453 8823 9184 969
Møre og Romsdal13 0282 0391 8812 0321 9942 1392 943
Trøndelag - Trööndelage5 4238067758267751 0191 222
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja 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

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