Hunting in Norway
Last updated: 20 April 2017.
About registering, fees, hunting license and general information
In order to register in The Norwegian Register of Hunters and thus to qualify for hunting in Norway, you must pass the Hunting Proficiency Test (Jegerprøve) to obtain a hunting License.
You may hunt large game with a rifle if you have successfully completed the annual hunting proficiency test the same year you are hunting. However, if you live permanently abroad, the hunting proficiency test is unnecessary provided you meet the requirements for large game hunting in your country of residence. Documentary proof to that effect must be presented on demand to police, game wardens, and representatives from the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate or local hunting inspectors. You may email this documentation to the Hunting Register.
Foreign Hunters meeting these requirements will be registered in the Hunting Register and will receive a hunting license. Foreign hunters are required, as are Norwegian hunters, to pay a hunting license fee in order to conduct hunting and trapping in Norway. You are required to keep the valid hunting license on hand at all times when you are hunting or trapping.
If you permanently live abroad and would like to hunt in Norway, you do not need to pass the hunter’s test or shooting qualification test if you satisfy the licensing requirements for similar hunting in your country of residence. If you are intending to hunt in Norway, you must send your foreign hunting licence and your name, date of birth and postal address to the Norwegian Register of Hunters. This documentation must be sent by e-mail, fax or letter well in advance of your planned hunting trip.
Anybody who wants to hunt in Norway must pay the hunting licence fee to the Wildlife Fund (Viltfondet). This includes foreign nationals. This fee must be paid before you will be allowed to hunt, but it does not confer the right to hunt in any terrain. In addition to the hunting licence, you must have permission from the owner of the land where you intend to hunt. The hunting licence fee covers an entire hunting season (1 April to 31 March).
The hunting licence fee payment slips are mailed during the final half of March. The hunting season starts on 1 April, and by that time all foreign hunters who have paid their licence fee during the last year should have received the payment slip.
You can both order and pay for the hunting licence on our website. If you pay by credit card, you can printout a temporary receipt that is valid for 30 days. You must take this receipt with you when you go hunting until you receive the hunting licence in the mail. You may also order a hunting licence fee payment slip from the Register of Hunters. A new hunting licence fee payment slip will be sent on the day after, or on the first working day after, you place your order, and will be in your mailbox within a few days.
For the current hunting season the hunting licence fee is NOK 333. If you would also like to hunt moose, red deer and wild reindeer, there is an additional fee of NOK 89, for a total of NOK 422. When paying the hunting licence fee you must first decide on the type of hunting you want to do and ensure that you enter the correct amount on the giro inpayment form. If you do not pay the hunting licence fee when you get the slip but rather order a hunting licence later, you must pay an additional fee of NOK 67 in addition to the normal hunting licence fee. This also applies if you lose or misplace your licence and have to order a new one.
The hunting season starts on 1 April, and by that time all hunters who have paid their licence fee during the last three years should have received the payment slip. You can both order and pay for the hunting licence on our website.
License hunting involves the use of lethal control to kill a specific number of individual of a given wildlife species motivated by the desire to reduce conflict or depredation. It is authorised under § 12 of the Game law, and the quota is set by the responsible government management agency. It is a requirement that hunters are registered as “license hunters” in the Hunter’s register. Registration is made for each large carnivore species, for each separate hunting year. This implies that registration must be renewed each year and repeated for each species that you wish to hunt. Registration is free.
To be registered as a license hunter you must;
- be at least 18 years old
- have paid your hunting license fee for the current hunting year, and the payment must be registered in the Hunter’s register
- have fulfilled your reporting requirements in accordance with the regulation of 18th March 2005 on management of large carnivores § 16
A receipt of your resgistration as a license hunter must be carried while you are hunting. License hunters that are hunting with a rifle must also carry current proof that they have passed the big game shooting test. Persons resident outside Norway do not need to take the big game shooting test in Norway if they have fulfilled the requirements for hunting big game in their country of residence. Proof of this must be carried while hunting.
There is no need to report about hunting activity, but all shot animals must be reported.
Read more about the rules at the Police Department (Norwegian only).
Read more about the rules at the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.
When are hunting licence fee payment slips sent?
The hunting licence fee payment slips are mailed during the final half of March. The hunting season starts on 1 April, and by that time all hunters who have paid their licence fee during the last three years should have received the payment slip. You can both order and pay for the hunting licence on our website.
What do I do if I lose or misplace my hunting licence?
You can both order and pay for the hunting licence on our website. If you pay by credit card, you can printout a temporary receipt that is valid for 30 days. You must take this receipt with you when you go hunting until you receive the hunting licence in the mail. You may also order a hunting licence fee payment slip by contacting the Register of Hunters by telephone, telefax or email. A new hunting licence fee payment slip will be sent on the day after, or on the first working day after, you place your order, and will be in your mailbox within two to five days.
Will I be deleted from the Norwegian Register of Hunters if I do not pay the hunting licence fee?
If you have not paid the hunting licence fee for the last five years you will be deleted. If you want to hunt again, you must send a new documentation of your hunting licence to the Norwegian Register of Hunters.
What does a foreign national who wishes to hunt in Norway have to do to obtain a hunting licence?
Persons permanently resident abroad do not need to pass the hunter’s test if they satisfy the conditions for the same type of hunting in their country of origin. If foreign nationals wish to hunt in Norway, they must submit their foreign hunting licence (called «jagttegn», «jagdschein», «hunting licence», «jaktkort», «jegerbevis» etc., depending on the country) to the Register of Hunters by e-mail, fax or letter in which they include information about their name, date of birth and postal address. Persons who are resident abroad do not need to pass the shooting test to hunt big game if they satisfy the conditions for similar hunting in their country of origin.
What requirements must be met if a foreign national who is resident In Norway wishes to be registered in the Register of Hunters?
The same provisions apply to foreign nationals as to Norwegian first-time hunters. Hunters from another country who have taken a course (at least 30 hours) and passed an examination corresponding to the Norwegian hunter’s test may obtain a Norwegian hunting licence and be registered in the Register of Hunters. Documentation (translated into Norwegian) must be submitted to the Register of Hunters for assessment.
How many hunters are registered in the Norwegian register of Hunters?
As of 1 January 2016, 488 500 hunters were registered in the Norwegian Register of Hunters. Of these, 5 900 were foreign nationals.
Do I need to submit a notification of change of address to the Norwegian Register of Hunters when I move from my old address?
Yes you do. This can be done by e-mail, fax, mail or by phone.
Am I obliged to submit a catch report even if I did not go hunting?
Foreigners do not need to submit the catch report. But SSB (Statistics Norway) nevertheless encourages foreign nationals to submit the report.