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Small game and roe deer hunting


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Key figures

181 900

grouse shot in the hunting year 2018/2019

Number of roe deer and selected small game species harvested
NumberPer cent
2018-20192017-2018 - 2018-20192013-2014 - 2018-2019
Willow Ptarmigan124 00015.724.2
Ptarmigan57 900-2.912.0
Capercaillie13 09034.176.9
Black Grouse19 9301.436.3
Wood Pigeon29 580-15.0-32.3
Mallard10 700-16.3-21.3
Mountain Hare17 19025.311.0
Red fox25 05017.526.4
Roe deer29 520-11.314.8

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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.
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
2018-201913 09019 9302 29029 580
Østfold180180:4 670
Akershus380500705 900
Hedmark5 4604 3002405 600
Oppland7601 3001002 830
Buskerud1 0702 0402002 620
Vestfold4060202 520
Telemark5401 740701 270
Aust-Agder3201 390:450
Rogaland20170:1 090
Sogn og Fjordane40130:70
Møre og Romsdal70450:60
Trøndelag3 5905 1601 3901 720
Troms - Romsa70470::
Finnmark - Finnmárku18050:20
Unknown hunting county2030::

Table 2 
Grouse bag. County

Grouse bag. County
Willow PtarmiganPtarmigan
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
2018-2019124 00057 900
Hedmark14 3001 600
Oppland10 0503 650
Buskerud8 6002 200
Telemark3 3501 600
Aust-Agder2 2501 000
Vest-Agder2 800950
Rogaland7001 400
Hordaland2 8504 350
Sogn og Fjordane1 5002 200
Møre og Romsdal2 1502 700
Trøndelag37 0008 650
Nordland12 40010 600
Troms - Romsa12 50010 350
Finnmark - Finnmárku13 4506 600
Unknown hunting county10050

Table 3 
Number og mallards and greylag geese shot. County

Number og mallards and greylag geese shot. County
MallardGreylag Goose
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
2018-201910 70015 630
Østfold1 3901 330
Vestfold5401 120
Rogaland2 380900
Sogn og Fjordane140230
Møre og Romsdal3101 440
Trøndelag1 0804 920
Nordland5202 290
Troms - Romsa2201 150
Finnmark - Finnmárku100250
Unknown hunting county:20

Table 4 
Number of roe deer shot. County

Number of roe deer shot. County
Roe deer
2010-201130 780
2011-201228 780
2011-201225 890
2012-201326 690
2013-201425 710
2014-201526 590
2015-201627 700
2016-201730 380
2017-201833 280
2018-201929 520
Østfold3 630
Akershus2 330
Hedmark2 220
Oppland1 330
Buskerud1 670
Vestfold1 820
Telemark1 410
Aust-Agder2 050
Vest-Agder2 330
Rogaland1 580
Sogn og Fjordane:
Møre og Romsdal1 710
Trøndelag5 770
Nordland1 370
Troms - Romsa30
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