Apply for a Permit Hunt Authorization

  • Apply for the Permit Hunt Authorization lottery
  • Permit Hunt Authorizations lottery results 2018-19
  • ​About Permit Hunt Authorizations
  • How does the permit hunt lottery work?
  • Permit Hunt Authorizations reporting requirements
  1. Apply for the Permit Hunt Authorization lottery

    Eligibility

    You can apply for the Permit Hunt Authorization (PHA) lottery if you:

    • are a Yukon resident;
    • have a valid Yukon big game hunting licence; and
    • are at least 12 years of age.
      • Note: only hunters 14-15 years old can apply for the 2 deer PHAs for young hunters. Youth age 12-13 may apply for weighting purposes.

    When to apply

    Applications open April 15, 2019 and the deadline is May 10, 2019. We do not accept PHA applications after the deadline – no exceptions.

    Applying online

    You need a Department of Environment eServices account to apply for the PHA lottery online.

     

    Get an eServices account

     

    You will need your Environment client ID, birth date and phone number to log in to your profile.

    Verify your profile

    Applicants can review their history and weighting online by logging into their client profile, or by coming into your nearest Department of Environment office. All permit hunt authorization applicants must verify this information before submitting their application. You can do this beginning April 15, 2019.

    Where to apply for the PHA lottery

    You must submit an application and fee for each species and area you're interested in.

    Online

    To apply online you need:

    • a valid Yukon resident hunting licence;
    • a credit card to pay the non-refundable application fee of $10 plus GST, or $20 plus GST if you're applying jointly with another hunter; and
    • an email address for confirmation of your application request.

     

    Apply for a PHA online

     

    In person

    To apply in person at any Department of Environment office you need:

    • a valid Yukon resident hunting licence; and
    • cash, cheque or credit card to pay the non-refundable application fee of $10 plus GST or $20 plus GST if you're applying jointly with another hunter.

    Apply for weighting purposes only

    If you don’t want a permit this year but want to increase your chance of success in future draws, you should use the option to apply for weighting only.

    Your weighting will stay the same if you choose not to apply.

    Changes coming for future years

    The availability of statistics to help applicants determine their best chances.

    Joint applications

    • You can apply with another person for all species except moose.
    • Applications must indicate a “primary applicant” and a “joint applicant.”
    • The application weight is based on the primary applicant’s weighting.
    • When the joint permit is issued, both names start over for the next application.
    • If only one permit remains, that permit goes to the primary applicant and the joint applicant name is returned as unsuccessful.
    • If the primary applicant returns the permit, the joint applicant’s permit must also be returned.

    Changes coming for future years

    Weighting for joint applications will be based on an average of both applicants’ weighting.

    Lottery results

    Successful applicants will be notified as early as June 1, 2019. A list of final permit holders will be posted on this page by August 1, 2019.

    If you are successful in the lottery, you will receive notification to the email address listed on your client profile, and a copy of your hunting licence updated with the new authorization(s) will be mailed to you via Canada Post Xpress Post.

    We remind successful applicants that they must hold a seal for that species prior to hunting.

    Returning permits

    Accepted returns will result in the applicant’s weighting remaining the same, not increasing. We do not refund application fees for returned permits.

    We will make our best effort to reissue all returned permits before August 1.

    Changes coming for future years

    Permit returns will no longer be accepted.

  2. Permit Hunt Authorizations lottery results 2018-19

    The lottery for 2018-19 Permit Hunt Authorizations is complete.

    View the lottery results for each species.

    Results posted on August 1, 2018.

  3. ​About Permit Hunt Authorizations

    Permit hunts help responsibly manage overall species populations and improve hunt quality. In some areas of Yukon, you need a permit to hunt moose, caribou, sheep, goat, deer or elk. A unique permit lottery is held for each species.

    The number of permits are limited and you must first submit an application and be successful in the weighted lottery to hunt for one of these species in these areas.

    To distribute permits fairly, the Government of Yukon uses a weighted, computerized lottery system that randomly selects applicants. Lottery draws are based on species and areas.

    First Nations permission

    Some permit areas include First Nations Settlement Lands. Written permission from the First Nation is required prior to hunting any big or small game species on Category A Settlement Lands. Larger blocks of Category A Settlement Land boundaries are identified on the Overview map of Game Management Subzones and special area restrictions included with the Yukon hunting regulations summary.

    Smaller blocks, and all other First Nations Settlement Lands, are marked on detailed maps which can be viewed at the local First Nation's office or viewed and ordered online.

    Number of permits by species

    Elk- 4

    See the elk permit hunt areas map.

    Goat - 3

    See the goat permit hunt areas map.

    Moose - 39

    See the moose permit hunt areas map.

    Sheep - 116

    Richardson Mountains - 2

    Note the Mount Dennis sheep hunting exclusion in this area.

    Southern Yukon - 113

    See the sheep permit hunt areas map.

    Kluane - 1

    See the sheep permit hunt areas map.

    Caribou - 44*

    This does not include permits for Finlayson caribou. A final decision on the number of permits available for Finalyson caribou will be made before April 15.

    See the caribou permit hunt areas map.

    Deer* - 12

    No map available. All eligible hunters may apply for hunt code DE601. Youth aged 14-15 may also apply for hunt code DE602. Two of the 12 deer permits are reserved for youth hunters who are 14 or 15 years of age at the time of application.

  4. How does the permit hunt lottery work?

     

    The number of applicants for Permit Hunt Authorizations (PHAs) has been increasing each year.

    To fairly distribute PHAs, the Government of Yukon uses a weighted, computerized lottery system that randomly selects applicants. The Yukon Bureau of Statistics conducts the draw.

    How the weighting system works

    When you enter the draw for the first time, your name is entered into the draw once.

    For each year that you enter the draw and are unsuccessful, your chances increase. Specifically, your name is entered the number of years you have been unsuccessful in that draw, multiplied by itself seven times.

    If you apply for a permit for the fifth time, not having been successfully drawn on four earlier occasions, your name is entered into the draw 5x5x5x5x5x5x5=78,125 times.

    Your weighting will increase until you are successful in a draw and accept the permit.

    Once that happens, the next time you apply your weighting will reset to one.

    Many applicants may have the same weighting as you and there are no guarantees for being drawn. Success depends on:

    • number of permits available;
    • number of applicants;
    • number of times you’ve applied; and
    • random selection.

    How to get a hunting licence and seals

    Yukon hunting licences are available online or at any Environment office. New hunters need to apply in person at any Environment office.

    Seals are available for purchase at any Environment office or registered vendors. To purchase paper seals from these vendors, you will be required to have a print out of your electronic licence with you.

    Applying for different species

    Each species is a different draw. Your success in one species will not affect your weighting for a different species.

    For example: you apply for moose and sheep. You are successful for moose, but not sheep. Next year you apply for moose and sheep again. Your weighting for moose will be reset to one, but your weighting for sheep will increase.

    What happens if you miss a year

    Your weighting does not change. You do not have to apply each year to have your name remain weighted.

    What if you can't hunt this year

    Please make an effort to plan ahead and apply for the PHA based on your interest and ability to accept a permit. Accepted returns will result in applicants’ weighting remaining the same, not increasing.

    If you can't accept a permit this year, take advantage of the option to apply for weighting only. By selecting "weighting only" on the application, you will increase your chance of success in future draws.

    If you are drawn for a permit but miss the return deadline or do not hunt in the PHA area you will still be considered successful in the draw. The weighting of your name is reset to one for the next time you apply.

  5. Permit Hunt Authorizations reporting requirements

    You must complete the harvest reporting requirements for the species you hunt. 

    For most species, Permit Hunt Authorization holders are required to report their kill no later than 15 days after the end of the month in which the animal was taken.

    Bison, elk and deer permits have specific reporting requirements. Season closures may differ between permit areas. Read and follow the instructions that come with your permit.