A licensed threshold harvest opportunity for Fortymile caribou is open from December 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 or when the threshold limit of 300 caribou is met – whichever happens sooner.
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 woodland and/or Porcupine caribou this hunting season.
- All hunters require written permission from Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in to hunt on Category A Settlement Lands.
You are eligible if:
- You hold a valid big game hunting license and an unused caribou seal for the 2020-21 regulatory hunting season.
- You have not harvested any caribou in Yukon or you've only harvested one barren-ground (Porcupine) caribou.
You are not eligible if:
- You harvested one woodland caribou in the 2020-21 regulatory hunting season.
- You have harvested two caribou in the 2020-21 regulatory hunting season.
- 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 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.
When and where can I hunt Fortymile caribou?
- The hunt is open from December 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 or until the threshold limit of 300 caribou is met - whichever happens sooner.
- To participate in this hunt, you must get a Wildlife Act permit. Eligible hunters purchasing a caribou seal after December 1 will automatically receive a permit for Fortymile. Eligible hunters who already have a seal must contact their nearest Environment office to get a Fortymile permit. This can be conducted over the phone.
- The Fortymile caribou hunt is limited to Game Management Subzones 219, 220, 221, 224, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307 (portion not in overlap), 310, 312, 313 (portion not in overlap), 5-02.
- The winter distribution of the herd can vary dramatically and as of early November, it is unknown how many, if any, Fortymile caribou may be available and where they may be available.
- Download a map of the hunt area.
- A harvest quota of 300 has been set for this hunt. The hunt will be closed prior to March 31, 2021 if the quota is met.
- This page will be updated with the current harvest numbers.
Harvest management plan
This harvest opportunity was developed in the spirit of co-management and stems from the Fortymile caribou harvest management plan. The plan, signed by Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and the Government of Yukon on December 3, 2020, will help guide licensed and subsistence harvest and management of the herd moving forward.
- 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; 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.
There was a summer hunt for Fortymile caribou from August 1 to September 9, 2020.
- 2 caribou were harvested.
There was a winter hunt for Fortymile caribou from January 1 to March 31, 2020.
- 14 caribou were harvested.