The area around Hardangervidda and Gausta offers a rich outdoor life with excellent opportunities for fishing and for hunting reindeer and small game. However, there are some things you should check before setting out – from which hunting permits apply to the time of year you may hunt.
In the municipality of Tinn, which Gausta is a part of, small game, reindeer, and elks can be hunted.
Tinn’s fishing and hunting association offers both small-game and big-game hunting in several places in the municipality. You can find out more about the different hunting areas at the association’s website.
Hardangervidda is the largest high-mountain plateau in Europe and a popular area for hunting. Small game, ptarmigans, hares, red foxes, geese, and ducks can be hunted on Hardangervidda.
Hardangervidda is home to unique wildlife, including the gyrfalcon, golden eagle, Arctic fox and wild reindeer. The stock of wild reindeer on Hardangervidda is the biggest in Europe.
The plateau is divided into different hunting areas with different rules and permits. Carefully read the rules that apply in the area where you are interested in hunting.
Hardangervidda’s different hunting areas require different hunting permits. Permits can be purchased at inatur.no or by contacting the relevant committee.
Fjellstyra på Hardangervidda is a mountain committee and a union of six smaller committees that jointly manage one-third of Hardangervidda, and about 50 per cent of the national park. The mountain committee encompasses Ullensvang, Røldal, Ulvik, Rauland, Eidfjord, and Øvre Numedal.
To be able to hunt in Norway you must be able to prove that you have a permit to carry out the equivalent type of hunting in your home country, have undergone training, and have taken a hunting exam. Like Norwegian hunters, you also have to pay an annual hunter’s fee to the state.
Everyone who has paid the hunting fee is obliged to report what animals they have killed during the hunt. Anyone who fails to report this information will have to pay an extra fee. You can make your report here.
In Norway, hunting is affected by a number of laws and regulations, of which Norway’s Wildlife Act is the most central. We recommend that you read about the Wildlife Act before you set out.
To hunt small game in Norway you must be at least 16 years old, but you can take part in training hunts from the age of 14.
To hunt big game you must be at least 18 years old, but you can take part in training hunts from the age of 16. To take part in a training hunt, you must have already passed the hunting and shooting tests for big-game hunting. To hunt deer, elk, and roe deer, you must also have access to a sighthound.
The weather can change quickly in the Norwegian mountains. Make sure that you check the weather report before setting out. And remember to read the Norwegian mountain safety code – nine simple rules for visiting Norway’s forests and mountains.