Elk/agriculture conflict hunt

  • Take part in the elk/agriculture conflict hunt as a hunter
  • When and where is the elk/agriculture conflict hunt?
  • ​How do I get the elk/agriculture conflict hunt on my farm?
  • Assessment and review

  1. Take part in the elk/agriculture conflict hunt as a hunter

    Eligibility

    You are automatically on the list of candidates for the conflict hunt if you:

    • applied and were unsuccessful in the 2020-21 Permit Hunt Authorization (PHA) draw for elk;
    • have not harvested an elk in a PHA draw; and
    • have not harvested an elk in an elk/agriculture hunt in the past. 

    Hunters will be drawn in random order from the list of applications for the 2020-21 elk PHA. They will be contacted by the Department of Environment to confirm their interest in participating in this year's hunt. Hunters are contacted through the email address and phone number associated with their Environment client profile. 

    If you are contacted

    If you confirm your interest in taking part in the elk/agriculture conflict hunt, you will need to:

    • pick up a Wildlife Act permit at the Whitehorse Department of Environment office; 
    • have or obtain an elk seal. 

    Note: 

    • permit conditions will detail the requirements of this hunt, including the duration, hunting area, sex and class of the animal to be hunted; and
    • hunting periods are for two week blocks. 

    If you can't meet the time and permit requirements, the next hunter on the list will be contacted. Multiple hunters will be permitted during the same two-week block. 

    Learn more about the 2020-21 elk-agriculture conflict hunt and see a map of the hunt area.

    Obtaining permission from residents

    Hunters are reminded you must obtain permission from occupants of residences within 1 kilometre of any location where you intend to hunt within the permitted boundaries defined in your permit. This includes a residence which may be unoccupied at the time of your hunt. 

    You may use this approved template to record permissions to demonstrate you have permission if requested by a Conservation Officer. 

    Will the elk/agriculture conflict hunt affect my permit hunt application next year?

    No. The elk/agriculture conflict hunt is separate from the elk PHA process. Getting a permit for a conflict hunt doesn't in any way affect your PHA weighting or eligibility.


  2. When and where is the elk/agriculture conflict hunt?

    When will this hunt take place?

    The 2020-21 conflict hunt will run for two periods. 

    • Early season: August 14 to August 28, 2020.
    • Late season: October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, unless closed earlier. 

    Where can the hunt take place?

    The elk/agriculture conflict hunt can occur in:

    • any portion of the EL23 buffer unit, east of the Takhini River; 
    • lands where there is a legal ability to hunt including First Nation Settlement Land where written permission has been granted; and
    • commercial agricultural properties and areas within 1 km of an occupied residence anywhere permission has been granted.

  3. ​How do I get the elk/agriculture conflict hunt on my farm?

    For a hunt to take place, Government of Yukon staff need to be sure that a hunt will encourage elk to avoid the area.

    To get an elk/agriculture conflict hunt on your farm:

    1. Contact a conservation officer at 1-800-661-0525.
    2. Landholders granting permissions can assist hunters by providing:
      • elk locations;
      • potential hazards; and
      • other relevant information.

  4. Assessment and review

    The Government of Yukon will track harvest numbers and locations to evaluate the effectiveness of the elk/agriculture conflict hunt.

    We will determine the success of this approach through ongoing collaboration between:

    • all Government of Yukon branches involved;
    • hunters;
    • First Nations governments;
    • renewable resources councils;
    • the Yukon Fish and Game Association;
    • the agriculture industry; and
    • individual farmers.

    The elk/agriculture working group identified in the Management plan for elk in Yukon 2016 will take part in this evaluation. The working group will give advice and recommendations on how effective the conflict hunt is to the Government of Yukon.


Contact 

For questions about the elk/agriculture conflict hunt, email coservices@gov.yk.ca or phone: 867-667-8005 or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 8005.