Commercial mushroom permits for 2020 update
We are not issuing any more commercial mushroom permits for the 2020 season.
If you already have a permit, you can continue to harvest.
If you're harvesting for your own use, you do not need a permit.
Harvesting mushrooms during COVID-19
While harvesting, you must comply with the Safe 6 set out by the Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health:
- Maintain physical distancing – keep 2 metres away from everyone who's not a member of your bubble.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Stay home if you're feeling sick.
- Don't gather in groups of more than 10 people indoors or 50 outdoors and remember to keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart.
- Limit travel to rural communities and be respectful when you're there.
- Self-isolate if you've just returned to Yukon from anywhere other than BC, Nunavut and the NWT or if you've been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
Where you can harvest mushrooms
You can only harvest mushrooms on vacant public land. You can use the GeoYukon interactive map to identify public land.
If you have permission, you can harvest on, or access an area next to, First Nations Settlement Land or private property.
Morels fruit in the spring following a forest fire. You can look at last year’s wildfire maps to see potential picking areas.
Eating wild mushrooms
Not all wild mushrooms are edible. Eating wild mushrooms can be dangerous and can result in severe illness or death. Be sure you're familiar with how to handle, prepare and consume wild mushrooms.
Morels dos and do nots
You should cook morels for at least 5 minutes and never eat them raw, especially within 72 hours of drinking alcohol.
If you're unfamiliar with mushroom identification, you can:
- consult a number of up-to-date mushroom guides; and
- go out with a more experienced mushroom picker.