Hunt Fortymile caribou in Yukon

A limited licensed harvest opportunity for Fortymile caribou will be open from August 1 to September 9, 2020.

When and where can I hunt Fortymile caribou?

  • A summer hunt for Fortymile caribou is open from August 1 to September 9, 2020.
  • You can get a permit in person by going to a Department of Environment office.
  • In total, there will be 160 permits. Permits are valid for 5 days. They are issued at intervals. 20 permits are available at each interval.
    • This means there are 20 permits available for August 1 to 5, another 20 for August 6 to 10, and so on until September 9.
  • You can pick up your permit 2 business days prior to the start date of the 5-day interval. The first permits will be available on July 30, 2020.
  • The Fortymile caribou hunt is limited to Game Management Subzones 3-01, 3-04 and a portion of 3-02. 
  • Download a map of the hunt area.


Yukon resident licensed hunters

  • Hunters must have a valid Yukon big game hunting licence and a caribou seal.
  • You are not eligible for the Fortymile caribou hunt if you have already reached the bag limit for caribou this hunting season.
  • If you harvest a Fortymile caribou, you will no longer be eligible to harvest a woodland caribou this season.
  • If you harvested 1 Porcupine caribou and have not harvested a caribou anywhere else in Yukon, you can use your 2nd seal, following any applicable Yukon Wildlife Regulations to harvest:
    • a Fortymile or woodland caribou; or
    • a second Porcupine caribou.
  • All hunters require written permission from Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in to hunt on Category A Settlement Lands.

First Nations

  • First Nations hunters who are beneficiaries of a Yukon Land Claim Agreement can hunt Fortymile caribou as a subsistence hunt with permission from Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. You do not require a registration permit. The hunt is restricted to the non-overlap areas of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Traditional Territory.
  • All other First Nations hunters, including those without permission from Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, must follow the laws of general application. This means following the rules for Yukon resident licensed hunters outlined on this page.
  • All hunters require written permission from Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in to hunt on Category A Settlement Lands.

Reporting requirements

  • Whether or not you harvest a Fortymile caribou, you must report the results of your harvest. This applies to all licensed hunters.
  • Within 72 hours of the permit end date, you must:
    • report your harvest;
    • complete a hunter effort survey; and
    • submit the caribou’s incisor bar. We refer to this as a mandatory biological submission.
  • You can also choose to submit the entire head. We call this is a voluntary biological submission.

Other information

  • The Government of Yukon will not re-issue any unused Fortymile permits.
  • Hunters cannot get 2 permits in a row. To be eligible for a 2nd Fortymile permit, you must have:
    • skipped at least 1 hunt period; and
    • not harvested a Fortymile caribou.
  • For example, if you get a permit for August 1 to 5 and are not successful, you cannot get another permit for August 6 to 10. However, you would be eligible for a permit for August 11 to 15.

Previous hunts

There was a winter hunt for Fortymile caribou from January 1 to March 31, 2020. 

  • 225 permits were available.
  • 66 permits were issued.
  • 14 caribou were harvested.