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:

    • were unsuccessful in the Permit Hunt Authorization (PHA) draw;
    • did not receive an elk PHA; and
    • did not receive an elk/agriculture conflict permit in the past.

     

    Conservation officers will contact hunters on the randomized PHA list to confirm if they want to take part in the hunt. We contact hunters through the email address they provided during the PHA application process.

    The Government of Yukon also works with the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation, Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council to identify hunters to take part in the conflict hunt.

    If you are contacted

    If you agree to take part in the elk/agriculture conflict hunt, you will need to:

    • attend the elk/agriculture conflict hunt mandatory briefing;
    • be issued a Wildlife Act permit from a conservation officer detailing the conditions that apply to the conflict hunt, including the time, location, and sex and age of the animal;
    • get an elk seal or have one available; and
    • be ready to hunt within 24 hours of receiving notification.

    If you can't meet the time and permit requirements, conservation officers will contact the next hunter on the list. More than one hunter can get a permit to hunt in the same period.

    If you get a permit, you will not be eligible to take part in the elk/agriculture conflict hunt in future years.

    You must hunt in a safe manner and make every effort to minimize property damage or injuries to elk that you aren't harvesting.

    Learn more about the 2019-20 elk/agriculture conflict hunt.

    Obtaining permission from residents

    You must obtain permission:

    • from occupants of residences within 1 kilometre of any location where you will hunt;
    • even if the residence will be empty at the time of the hunt.

     

    Farmers can:

    • provide information about residences; and
    • assist with written permissions in advance.

     

    Get an approved template.

    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 is the hunt?

    Due to the nature of elk/agriculture conflicts, we will identify opportunities as they arise. Hunts may come into effect on short notice at any time of the year.

    Conditioning wildlife works best with larger groups of animals, so a minimum number of elk must be present for more than 24 hours before the hunt may occur. This can be 5 bulls, 10 cows or calves, or a mixed group of 10. Conservation officers will address concerns related to fewer elk or individual animals on a case-by-case basis.

    Where can the hunt take place?

    The elk/agriculture conflict hunt can occur in:

    • land parcels within an identified zone in the Takhini Valley;
    • lands where there is a legal ability to hunt;
    • commercial agricultural properties; and
    • land parcels where mitigation action against elk is ongoing and recent with methods such as:
      • electric fencing;
      • securing and protecting harvested crops from elk damage;
      • hazing techniques like sound deterrents, dogs and silhouettes; or
      • any other approved actions found in the Management plan for elk in Yukon 2016.

     

    Areas not eligible for the elk/agriculture conflict hunt

    • Agricultural properties where:
      • we have told owners of potential elk conflict; but
      • the owners haven't managed attractants.
    • Grazing lands or properties with non-cultivated grass.
    • Areas outside of the zone identified for elk/agricultural conflict hunts.

     

  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. Provide details including:
      • elk locations;
      • potential hazards; and
      • other relevant information.

     

    The Government of Yukon may do an investigation to find out if you're eligible.

    If your request for an elk/agriculture hunt is successful, you can assist the hunter by providing information about:

    • elk locations;
    • residents’ permissions;
    • potential safety hazards;
    • elk behaviour; and
    • any information to help identify key elk for harvest.

     

  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.