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The hunting season is now closed as of October 31, 2015. There were 16 moose harvested in GMS 4-44 to 4-46.
A harvest limit had been set at 21. Please see page 38 of the 2015-16 Hunting Regulations Summary for details.
The following changes took effect April 23, 2015 unless otherwise noted:
- Help Faro-area moose population recover – A threshold hunt is now in place that requires harvest reports within 72 hours with immediate closure once the limit is met. Special guiding is no longer allowed in this area.
- Protect Itsi mountain goat population – A permit hunt is now in place because the population of mountain goats in the Itsi Range is far too small to support an open hunt at this time.
- Update rules for Fortymile caribou – Several additional subzones have been added to reflect the range of the Fortymile caribou herd. As well, in future the Minister will address hunting opportunities by establishing season dates and issuing permits when necessary.
- Remove Dempster no-hunting corridor – The Dempster Highway 500-metre no-hunting corridor regulation has not been enforced for five or more years.
- Remove Dempster hunting closure – The one-week closure, intended to let the herd leaders cross the Dempster Highway unhindered by hunting, has not been enforced for five or more years and is now removed.
- Remove north Alaska Highway no-hunting corridor – The corridor is no longer needed to mitigate the impact of Shakwak project workers and was removed August 1, 2015.
The special guiding licence process has changed for the 2016-17 hunting season. New this year, Environment Yukon will offer 125 Yukon special guiding licences through a lottery process.
Also new this year are special guiding opportunities for bison and a change allowing resident hunters to apply every year.
Applications can be completed and dropped off at any Environment Yukon office between April 1, 2016 and April 22, 2016 at the close of local office hours. The draw will occur on April 29, 2016.
Special guide hunting is authorized in all Game Management Subzones where hunting is permitted for the applicable species with the following exceptions:
- Coyote and wolf: 1-04, 1-05 and 1-12 to 1-14
- Moose: 4-44, 4-45 and 4-46
- Caribou (Fortymile herd): 2-19 to 2-21, 2-24, 3-01 to 3-17, 3-19, 5-01 and 5-02
- Any subzone where a limited entry hunt applies to the species to be hunted.
For more information about Special Guide Licences refer to page 11 of the 2015-16 Hunting Regulations Summary.
The Yukon Supreme Court on Nov. 26, 2015, found that the Yukon government had "substantially consulted and accommodated the Ross River Dena Council" with respect to wildlife management in the area. (Court Decision)
The Decision was in response to the Statement of Claim filed on July 31, 2014, by the RRDC seeking a declaration that the Yukon government has a duty to consult prior to issuing hunting licences and seals for hunting big game animals in its traditional territory surrounding Ross River and Faro.
- Court Decision: Ross River Dena Council v Yukon (Government of), 2015 YKSC 45 324 KB
- Preliminary Summary of big game populations and harvest activity in the "Ross River Area" 205 KB
- Map of "Ross River Area" 1 MB
- Statement by the Minister of Environment (Aug. 5, 2014)