ENVIRONMENT YUKON






Get a Yukon hunting licence

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You need a valid Yukon hunting licence if you want to hunt in Yukon unless you are one of the exceptions.

Licence requirements


Hunter education


You need to provide hunter education certification if you didn’t have a licence last year or you're a Yukon resident born after April 1, 1987. This can be either:


Yukon residency


Bring in proof of residency if you are getting a Yukon resident hunting licence for the first time.

You're a Yukon resident if:

If you reside in Yukon but leave for school, work or medical reasons, you may qualify for a resident hunting licence. Visit a Department of Environment office to complete a residency exemption declaration form.

Non-residents

Non-residents need to hunt with an outfitter or special guide.

Suspensions and prohibitions


You must declare if you are suspended or prohibited from hunting in any other jurisdiction when you apply for a licence. We'll screen your application further to determine if you qualify to get a licence.

Where to get a Yukon hunting licence


Online

As of April 1, 2018:

At Department of Environment offices

  1. Come to any of our offices with the required documentation.
  2. Purchase an electronic licence from our staff. Make sure you keep the most recent copy of your licence.
  3. Use this licence to apply for permit hunt lotteries and submit your harvest reports.


At Territorial Agents, select sporting goods stores and the Yukon Fish and Game Association


If you had a resident hunting licence last year, you can:

  1. Bring the required documentation listed above to a Territorial Agent, select sporting goods stores or the Yukon Fish and Game Association.
    Purchase your hunting licence and sign your permits and licences in the signature block.
  2. Use this licence to apply for permit hunt lotteries and submit your harvest reports.


Your responsibilities


Licences are valid from April 1 to March 31. You must carry your licence, permits and seals when hunting and you're legally required to produce them when asked by a Conservation Officer. You can't use or possess another person’s hunting licence, seals or permits, or let another person use yours. Make sure you are familiar with Yukon Hunting Regulations Summary.

Fees

Government Sales Tax (GST) will be added to all of the listed fees.

Big game licence


A big game licence allows you to hunt moose, caribou, wood bison, sheep, goat, grizzly bear, black bear, coyote, wolf and wolverine, as well as small game. Only Yukon resident hunters can hunt deer and elk.

You must be at least 12 years old to hold a big game licence. Youth under 16 need to hunt with an adult licence holder who is at least 19 years old. All youth are required to complete a hunter education course to get a licence.

You need to buy seals for big game species (except for wolf and coyote) before you hunt them. You may also need to apply for a Permit Hunt Authorization to hunt some species in some areas.

Big game licence fees


Seal fees


You need to buy seals in addition to your big game licence for some species. First Nation citizens, Inuvialuit and Yukon citizens 65+ do not have to pay for their seals. Youth 14 to 16 years old may get their own seals. See the requirements in our Yukon Hunting Regulations Summary.


After you hunt


You must submit a harvest report to the Department of Environment for any big game you harvest. Some biological submissions are also required.

Small game licence


A small game licence allows you to hunt snowshoe hare, arctic ground squirrel, porcupine, grouse and ptarmigan. There is no age restriction for a small game licence. Youth under 16 need to hunt with an adult licence holder who is at least 19 years old. All youth are required to complete a hunter education course to get a licence.

Small game licence fees


Hunting migratory birds


You need a Yukon hunting licence, as well as a federal migratory game bird permit. Permits are available from post offices. You must follow the Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations.

Hunting licence exceptions


These exceptions don't apply to hunting bison and elk. Learn more about First Nations and Inuvialuit Hunting and Fishing in Yukon.

Replace your hunting licence


Replace lost or destroyed hunting licences at Department of Environment offices for $2 or you can reprint your electronic licence from your Environment eServices account free of charge.

 

Contact Client Services

Phone: 867-667-5652
Toll-free (in Yukon, NWT & Nunavut):
1-800-661-0408 ext. 5652
Fax: 867-393-7197

Email: environmentyukon@gov.yk.ca
Address: Box 2703 (V-3A) Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Y1A 2C6