See up-to-date hunting rules and regulations

  • Yukon hunting regulations
  • Important regulation changes for the current hunting season
  • Hunting updates
  • When and where can I hunt?
  1. Yukon hunting regulations

    To hunt in Yukon, you must have a valid Yukon hunting licence and follow Yukon hunting regulations.

    When you get a hunting licence, you will get a copy of the Yukon hunting regulations summary, or you can download it.

    It's your responsibility to know and follow these regulations.

    Migratory game birds

    Regulations for hunting ducks, geese, rails, coots, sandhill cranes and snipe in Yukon are available from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

  2. Important regulation changes for the current hunting season

    As of August 1, 2019:

    • If you hunt deer, you must deliver the whole hide and the whole head, with antlers attached, to a conservation officer or wildlife technician no later than 15 days after the end of the month you killed it. See Report harvest results to learn more about biological submissions.

     

    As of May 22, 2019:

    • The boundaries of Game Management Zones 5, 6 and 7 have changed to follow the centre lines of the Alaska Highway and the Haines Highway.

     

    As if April 1, 2019:

  3. Hunting updates

    Attention Dempster Highway caribou hunters

    Hart River caribou herd closed to hunting

    • Caribou south of kilometre 140 near Windy Pass on the Dempster Highway are from the Hart River caribou herd.
    • These are not Porcupine caribou and are closed to hunting.

    Hunting the Porcupine caribou herd

    • Licensed hunters can only hunt Porcupine caribou north of kilometre 195.
    • Subsistence hunters can hunt Porcupine caribou north of kilometre 140.
    • If enough Porcupine caribou are in the area, hunting may open south of kilometre 140. You can check the movements of Porcupine caribou on PCMB.ca.

     

    For more information about harvesting caribou along the Dempster Highway in Yukon, call the Department of Environment office in Dawson City at 867-993-5492.

    Snowmobile use along the Dempster Highway

    • The Dempster Highway development corridor extends to 8 kilometres either side of the centre line of the highway, from kilometre 68 to the Yukon-NWT border.
    • Snowmobile use is prohibited within the Dempster corridor until the ground is covered with snow.
    • If weather conditions change, snowmobile closures may still come into effect.
    • Closures are intended to protect the fragile tundra from damage.

     

    We remind hunters on snowmobiles:

    • Don’t harass or chase any animals while on your snowmobile.
    • Operate your machine responsibly.
    • Use common sense and don’t travel across a landscape that might not be properly protected by snow cover.

     

    Other types of off-road vehicles like ATVs are not permitted within the Dempster Highway corridor.

    Faro moose threshold hunt

    • Moose hunting is now closed for GMS 4-44 to 4-46. It will reopen August 1, 2019.
    • There is an annual harvest limit for moose in this area.
    • The limit for the 2018 to 2019 season is 15 moose.

     

    If you are hunting moose in the area when it is open, you must report your harvest within 72 hours. You must still complete a regular harvest report form by going to or phoning a Department of Environment office.

    For more information about the threshold hunt, see the Yukon hunting regulations summary.

     

  4. When and where can I hunt?

    Game Management Subzones

    The Government of Yukon uses Game Management Subzones (GMSs) to manage Yukon wildlife species. These are areas within which authorities can make specific regulations for managing big game.

    There are 443 GMSs in Yukon, grouped into 11 Game Management Zones. Most zone boundaries follow highway-centre lines, while GMS boundaries follow creeks and rivers. Except for national parks, GMSs cover all of Yukon.

    Each GMS has different:

    • open species;
    • bag limits;
    • season dates; and
    • special area restrictions.

     

    Check the Yukon hunting regulations summary for details.

     

    Maps for hunting

    See or download a map of Yukon Game Management Zones and Subzones, as well as special area restrictions.

    You can purchase printed topographic maps showing Game Management Subzones, First Nation Category A and B Settlement Lands, conservation officer districts and other areas from the Department of Environment’s offices in Dawson City, Haines Junction, and in Whitehorse at 10 Burns Road for $10 + GST.

    Hunting near roadways

    • You must be off the road or highway completely before you can fire a shot. This includes the shoulder.
    • You must shoot away from the road, not across or along it.

    Hunting on First Nations Settlement Lands

    Licensed hunters must:

    • Comply with the general Yukon hunting laws and any laws the First Nation has enacted regarding hunting on Settlement Lands.
    • Obtain written permission from the First Nation before hunting any big game or small game species on all Category A Settlement Land.
    • Obtain written permission from the First Nation before hunting bison and elk on Category A and B Settlement Lands.
    • Not damage the land or structures.
    • Not commit acts of mischief.
    • Not interfere with the use and enjoyment of the land by the First Nation.

     

    The map included with the Yukon hunting regulations summary only shows the larger blocks of Category A Settlement Land. Smaller blocks of Category A Settlement Lands, and all other First Nation Settlement Land, are marked on detailed maps. You can view these at the local First Nation’s office, at Department of Environment offices or view and download them online.

    For more information about rights and responsibilities when hunting on First Nations lands:


Contact 

For questions about Yukon hunting rules and regulations, email environmentyukon@gov.yk.ca or phone: 867-667-5652 or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5652.