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Reindeer Hunting Season Ends

The reindeer hunting season comes to an end in mid-September. The poor weather conditions have prevented hunters from going out in recent days.

reindeerherd_psArchive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Around 820 animals of the 1,009 quota have been hunted so far this year, reports.

Hunters have five days to reach the quota for bulls and ten days to hunt the remaining quota of cows. Many people have reportedly contacted the Environment Agency of Iceland to ask for licenses but the agency can only allocate permits to those on the waiting list.

According to the agency, many people who have been contacted have not taken the shooting test or do not have any remaining holidays to go hunting.

Those on the waiting list are advised to take the shooting test, to monitor the status of the waiting list and to answer the agency’s call. The hunting season for bulls began on July 15 and for cows on August 1.

Reindeer live exclusively in the east of the country. Each year hunting quotas are set and permits are required to hunt the animal.

Reindeer meat has recently gained popularity as an addition to the traditional Christmas menu.


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