The Icelandic Ministry for the Environment has just issued the reindeer quota for 2010 season. The quota is 1272 animals, down from 1333 last year. Licenses are issued by drawing - don´t let anyone tell you otherwise...
I read one time (in a turn of the twentieth century book) that the reindeer in Iceland and Greenland were nearly hunted to extinction when the Canadian eskimo tribes migrated to iceland and introduced the bow and arrow to the natives living in Greenland - who then travelled to iceland.
I'm glad to hear that they still have reindeer there.
Does anyone know if they are the result of a reintroduction program or a remnant of the original caribou herds?
It would be cool if the original herd survived another hundred years after near extinction by finding some remote sheltered place to hide and rebreed the population.
Hunting is not usually a pursuit where instant gratification abounds. It takes a lot of time, practice, resources and patience to be a successful hunter. So when someone decides that an area they hunted only once without taking an animal is worthless and devoid of game, I don't quite understand it. These people usually jump from game management unit to game management unit; trying a new one every year.
Now don't get me wrong, there are people that just enjoy scouting and hunting...