The Environmental Health and Protection Office of Iceland has decided to issue 1,137 reindeer hunting licenses for the next hunting season, 218 more than issued last year.
The Environmental Health and Protection Office has already received over 1,000 applications for hunting licenses, one month before the deadline, as Morgunbladid reports.
The volume of applications already received indicates that much fewer licenses will be issued than requested. After the deadline on February 15, reindeer hunting licenses will be randomly issued by a computer.
Last year the Environmental Health and Protection Office saw an increase in applications for hunting licenses. It received 300 more applications in 2006 than in 2005.
It costs between ISK 70 to 110 thousand (EUR 764 to 1,200, USD 991 to 1,557) to kill a male reindeer, depending on areas, ISK 40 to 70 thousand (EUR 436 to 764, USD 566 to 991) to kill a female reindeer and ISK 18,000 (EUR 196, USD 255) to kill a reindeer calf.
To read a feature on reindeer hunting in Iceland, click here.