Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations, 2016-2017: Yukon Territory


Summary

The information presented here is a summary of the law. If there is a discrepancy between the law and this summary, the law prevails. For complete information on fines, general prohibitions, permitted hunting methods and equipment, the requirement to have adequate means to retrieve birds immediately, restrictions on the use of bait, the description of hunting zones, and other restrictions on hunting, please refer to the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 and Migratory Birds Regulations. These, along with other useful information for hunters, can be found on the Environment and Climate Change Canada website, or you may contact:

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canadian Wildlife Service
91780 Alaska Highway
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5X7
Tel.: 867-393-6700
Toll free: 1-800-668-6767
ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.ca

You are required to possess a valid federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit with a Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp to hunt migratory birds in Canada. This permit and stamp are valid in all provinces and territories. Most provinces and territories have additional licence requirements for hunting migratory birds and/or to carry firearms. To know what you require, and if there are further restrictions for hunting migratory birds, please verify the applicable regulations for the province/territory where you will be hunting. Note that all required permits and licences must be in your possession while you are hunting.

The Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit is now available online on the Environment and Climate Change Canada website. Purchase and print your permit from the comfort of home.

Consultation Process and Migratory Birds Regulatory Reports

The hunting provisions of the Migratory Birds Regulations are reviewed by Environment and Climate Change Canada, with input from the provinces and territories, and a range of other interested stakeholders. Environment and Climate Change Canada has developed a consultation process for establishing hunting regulations for migratory birds, and publishes the Migratory Birds Regulatory Report Series that can be found on the Environment and Climate Change Canada website.

Important Updates to the Hunting Regulations for the Yukon Territory

Introduction of a special spring conservation harvest for Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese: Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese may be harvested during the special conservation season.

Recorded Snow Goose and Ross’s Goose Calls may be used when hunting Snow Geese and/or Ross’s Geese. Any species of migratory birds for which it is an open season may be taken while hunting Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese with those calls.

Increase in the daily bag limit for any combination of Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese: Bag limit is 50 for residents and non-residents of Canada.

Removal of the possession limit for any combination of Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese for Central Yukon Territory and Southern Yukon Territory. There is no possession limit for these species in Northern Yukon Territory.

In the Yukon, non-toxic shot must be used to hunt migratory game birds. Within National Wildlife Areas, the possession of lead shot is prohibited for all hunting, including the hunting of migratory birds and upland game birds.

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Yukon Hunting Zones

Map of Yukon Hunting Zones
Map: Yukon Hunting Zones
Long Description for map of Yukon Hunting Zones

Map of the 3 Hunting Zones in the Yukon Territory which are Northern Yukon Territory, Central Yukon Territory and Southern Yukon Territory.

Northern Yukon Territory: All that portion of the Yukon Territory lying north of latitude 66°

Central Yukon Territory: All that portion of the Yukon Territory lying between latitude 62° and 66°

Southern Yukon Territory: All that portion of the Yukon Territory lying south of latitude 62°

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Open Seasons in the Yukon Territory
AreaDucksCanada Geese, Cackling Geese, White-Fronted Geese and BrantSnow Geese and Ross’s GeeseSandhill CranesRails and cootsSnipe
Northern Yukon
Territory
Aug. 15 to Oct. 31, 2016, for residents of the Yukon Territory;
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016, for non-residents of the Yukon Territory
Aug. 15 to Oct. 31, 2016, for residents of the Yukon Territory;
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016, for non-residents of the Yukon Territory
Aug. 15 to Oct. 31, 2016, for residents of the Yukon Territory Note a of Table;
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016, for non-residents of the Yukon TerritoryNote a of Table
No open seasonAug. 15 to Oct. 31, 2016, for residents of the Yukon Territory;
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016, for non-residents of
the Yukon Territory
Aug. 15 to Oct. 31, 2016, for residents of the Yukon Territory;
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016, for non-residents of
the Yukon Territory
Central Yukon
Territory
Aug. 15 to Oct. 31, 2016, for residents of the Yukon Territory;
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016, for non-residents of the Yukon Territory
Aug. 15 to Oct. 31, 2016, for residents of the Yukon Territory;
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016, for non-residents of
the Yukon Territory
Aug. 15 to Oct. 31, 2016, for residents of the Yukon TerritoryNote a of Table;
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016, for non-residents of
the Yukon Territory
Aug. 15 to Oct. 31, 2016, for residents of the Yukon Territory;
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016, for non- residents of the Yukon Territory
Aug. 15 to Oct. 31, 2016, for residents of the Yukon Territory;
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016, for non-residents of the Yukon Territory
Aug. 15 to Oct. 31, 2016, for residents of the Yukon Territory;
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016, for non-residents of
the Yukon Territory
Southern Yukon
Territory
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016Note a of TableSept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016No open seasonSept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016

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Bag and Possession Limits in the Yukon Territory
LimitsDucksGeeseSandhill CranesRails and cootsSnipe
Daily bag8Note b of Table5Note c of Table20Note d of Table10
Possession24Note b of Table15Note c of Table40Note d of Table30Note e of Table

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Overabundant Species

The Migratory Birds Regulations also provide for special conservation periods when hunters may take overabundant species. Please note that additional hunting methods or equipment are permitted during the special conservation periods. See the table below for details.

Measures in the Yukon Territory Concerning Overabundant Species
AreaPeriod during which Snow Geese
and Ross's Geese may be killed
Additional hunting method or equipment
Throughout the Yukon TerritoryMay 1 to May 28, 2017Recorded bird calls Note f of Table

 

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Note

The 2016 federal permit is also valid for the 2017 spring special conservation season for Snow Geese and Ross's Geese.

No person shall hunt earlier than one hour before sunrise or later than one hour after sunset.

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1916-2016

Canada–U.S. Migratory Birds Convention

Celebrating a Century of Shared Conservation

For more information on centennial celebrations, visit Celebrating 100 Years of International Bird Conservation

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Report Your Migratory Bird Bands

Call 1-800-327-BAND (2263) or go to the Report a bird with a Federal Band or Color Marker website

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