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Title of the project

Collection of Norwegian bag data


To collect bag data in Norway

A variety of schemes collecting hunting statistics have operated since 1889. The current scheme is run by Statistics Norway, the Norwegian Governments body for collecting national statistics. The systematic collection of data on small game started in 1971. Between 1971 and 1993 a random sample of small game hunters were selected from the national register and were sent a questionnaire to obtain information on the species and numbers of small game they hunted. Since 1994 all small game hunters were asked to submit hunting statistics, however, the response rate was low, so additional compulsory supplementary surveys were undertaken to improve the accuracy of the estimates and to allow cross-checking with the national scheme. This additional survey also allowed estimates of hunters not reporting information to be calculated. Since June 2000 an amendment to the Wildlife Act has given the Directorate for Nature Management legal authority to fine hunters who do not respond to the national survey. This has increased the response rate from 45% to 65%.

Hunters provide the bag data


Each year Statistics Norway produces an annual report of hunting statistics. The comprehensive information generated is presented at the national and regional scale. Information on hunting statistics is also available on the internet.


Country Norway
Level National

Starting date



Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Migratory species, Abundant species, Threatened species, Invasive Alien species
Species Type Birds, Mammals, Generalist predators
Name(s) of main species The bird species covered by the scheme are Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), Black Grouse (Lyrurus tetrix), Hazel Grouse (etrastes bonasia), Willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus), Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta), Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix), Magpie (Pica pica), Common raven (Corvus corax), Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius), Common wood pigeon (Columba palumbus), Thrush, Common snipe (Gallinago gallinago), Eurasian woodcock (Scolopax rusticola), European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis), Cormorant, Gulls, Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula), Common Merganser (Mergus merganser), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Common Eider (Somateria mollissima), Long-Tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis), CommonScoter (Melanitta nigra), Greylag Goose (Anser anser), Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)


Leading partners Statistics Norway (https://www.ssb.no/en/)

Estimation of Human Resources needed

a large number of hunters (c. 60,000) are providing information