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Photo: Photo: Golli. A herd of wild reindeer. .

Reindeer Hunting Season is Over

This summer’s reindeer hunting season in East Iceland is over, with 1,263 animals felled out of the allotted 1,277.

Reindeer hunting takes place in the east of Iceland where the reindeer reside. While not native to Iceland, reindeer have been living in the east since they were imported in the late 18th century. With no natural predator, the reindeer are not endangered in Iceland but hunting is still subject to strict rules. Each hunter gets a permit for one specific animal in a specific area, and applications are selected via lottery. In addition to all necessary permits and the appropriate gun license, all hunters must travel with a licenced hunter guide.

Reindeer hunting in Iceland.

This year, 1,277 hunting permits for specific animals were issued but 1,263 of the hunts were successful, with 12 cows and two bulls that weren’t hunted. In November, 48 hunting permits for cows will be issued but only in limited areas.

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