Norwegian Hunting Seasons Autumn 2013

Grouse Hunting

Approximately 137,000 Norwegian men and women are looking forward to the fall and the hunting season – and from today and until 20 September, it is allowed to hunt wild reindeer. It is the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management that regulates the season.


Fall 2013, hunting is allowed in the following time periods:

  • Hazel Hen, Black Grouse and Capercaillie: 10 September to 23 December
  • Willow Ptarmigan Grouse and Hare: 10 September to 28 February. Extended hunting season applies for the counties of Finnmark, Troms and parts of Nordland
  • Moose: 25 September to 31 October (as the main rule, but may vary from municipality to municipality)
  •  Deer: 1 September to 23 December
  •  Roe Deer: 25 September to 23 December
  •  Reindeer: 20 August to 30 September

Hunting is not allowed during the Christmas holidays (24th to 31st December) or Easter (Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday).

Number of Norwegian hunters

According to Statistics Norway’s figures, 137,240 people participated in hunting during 2012/2013. This was a decrease of 6 percent from previous hunting season. The decrease was primarily due to fewer grouse hunters.

 The hunters were distributed as follows (many hunt several types of animals):

Hazel Hen, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Hare: 80.780

Willow Ptarmigan, Grouse: 42.950

Moose: 61.220

Deer: 43.710

Roe Deer: 39.240

Reindeer: 9450


 Text by: Thor Bugge Lanesskog, ThorNews

 Photo by:

 Sources: LovdataStatistics Norway 

Categories: Nature

2 replies

  1. Nice info and page I bookmarked to return. Thank you.

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