Hunt Fortymile caribou in 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 2021-2022 Fortymile caribou hunt and season will be updated prior to the start of the licensed caribou hunting season.

Results for the 2020-2021 licensing year:

  • Summer hunt: 2 caribou harvested.
  • Winter hunt: 3 caribou harvested. 


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

  • 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 was open from December 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. The hunt could also have closed when the threshold limit of 300 caribou was met - whichever happened sooner. 
  • To participate in this hunt, you must get a Wildlife Act permit. Eligible hunters purchasing a caribou seal after December 1 automatically received 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, 306, and portions of 307, 310, and 312 not in overlap.
  • 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.

Threshold hunt

  • A harvest quota of 300 was set for this hunt. The hunt would be closed prior to March 31, 2021 if the quota was met.

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 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; 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.

Previous hunts

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.