Hunt Fortymile caribou in the Yukon

Hunting of the Fortymile caribou herd is currently closed.

A summer and winter hunt were held in the previous licensing year. See details of the that hunt below.

Details for the 2022-2023 Fortymile caribou hunt and season will be updated prior to the start of the licensed caribou hunting season.

Results for the 2021-2022 licensing year:

  • Summer hunt (August 1 to September 9, 2021): 1 caribou harvested.
  • Winter hunt (December 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022): 8 caribou harvested. 

Eligibility

Yukon resident licensed hunters

  • Hunters must have a valid Yukon big game hunting licence and a caribou seal.
  • Eligible hunters who purchase a caribou seal automatically receive a permit for the Fortymile caribou winter hunt. Eligible hunters who purchased their seal from a vendor will need to contact a Department of Environment office to get a Fortymile permit. This can be done over the phone.
  • 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 licence and an unused caribou seal for the 2021-2022 regulatory hunting season.
  • You have not harvested any caribou in the Yukon or you've only harvested one barren-ground (Porcupine) caribou.

You are not eligible if:

  • You harvested one woodland caribou in the 2021-2022 regulatory hunting season.
  • You have harvested two caribou in the 2021-2022 regulatory hunting season.

First Nations

  • First Nations hunters who are beneficiaries of a Yukon Land Claim Agreement can hunt Fortymile caribou as a subsistence hunt with written 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?

Winter threshold hunt

  • The hunt is open from December 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. The hunt will close at the season end date, or when the threshold limit of 300 caribou is met – whichever happens sooner.
  • To learn about available harvest numbers and the open or closed status of the hunting season, call the Threshold Hunt Hotline:
    • 1-833-560-HUNT (4868)
  • The Fortymile caribou winter hunt is limited to Game Management Subzones 2-19, 2-20, 2-21, 2-24, 3-01, 3-02, 3-03, 3-04, 3-06, and portions of 3-07, 3-10 and 3-12 not in overlap.
  • The winter distribution of the Fortymile and Nelchina herds can vary dramatically and as of early November, it is unknown how many, if any, caribou may be available and where they may be available.​
  • Download a map of the threshold hunt area.

Summer registration hunt

  • The hunt will be open from August 1 to September 9, 2022.
  • A limit of 20 licensed hunters may hunt at the same time and registration permits will last for a total of five days (e.g., August 1 to 5.) Following expiration of the first five-day hunt period, a second round of 20 permits will be issued (e.g., August 6 to 10). Permits are issued on a first come, first served basis at Department of Environment offices. Permits become available up to two business days in advance of the hunt period.
  • Hunters may participate in multiple periods if permits are available and the periods do not occur one after the other.
  • 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.
  • The Fortymile caribou summer registration hunt is limited to Game Management Subzones 3–01, 3–04 and a portion of 3–02.
  • Download a map of the registration hunt area.

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.

Read the Fortymile Caribou Herd Harvest Management Plan. 

Reporting requirement

Hunters must report their harvest and submit the caribou’s incisor bar within 72 hours. Your information is used to manage near real-time harvest planning in both the Yukon and Alaska.

Previous hunt results

Summer hunts 

  • From August 1 to September 9, 2021, licensed Yukon hunters harvested 1 caribou.
  • From August 1 to September 9, 2020,  licensed Yukon hunters harvested 2 caribou.

Winter hunt

  • From December 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, licensed Yukon hunters harvested 3 caribou.
  • From January 1 to March 31, 2020, licensed Yukon hunters harvested 14 caribou.