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About hunting in Yukon
The remote and beautiful Yukon is the smallest and most westerly of Canada's three territories. It is also the most sparsely populated, with 35,874 people and only one city, Whitehorse. The Yukon has vast areas of rolling tundra, rugged mountains (including its highest peak, Mount Logan at 19,551 feet), and roaring rivers that include the Yukon, Pelly, Stewart, and White. Like most of northern Canada, the Yukon is a hunter’s paradise. Both Dall sheep and Stone/Fannin sheep inhabit the mountain ranges of the Yukon, with some some 3,000 Stone and Fannin sheep in the southern regions of the territory and some 20,000 Dall sheep scattered across the rest. This is true wilderness sheep hunting, with hunts often conducted on horseback and hunters transported in by floatplane. Some of the largest Alaska-Yukon moose in the world are taken in the Yukon every year, especially north of Dawson City. Moose populations are estimated at 70,000 and they can be found across the territory. Mixed-bag hunts are popular, and moose hunts are often combined with hunts for sheep, grizzlies, or black bears. Some 6,000 to 7,000 grizzlies inhabit the Yukon as well as some 10,000 black bears. Mountain caribou (in the southern Yukon) and barren-ground caribou (in the northern part of the territory) can both be hunted in the Yukon and outstanding bulls are taken every year. Wood bison, mountain goats, and wolves round out the Yukon’s hunting opportunities. There are a few hunts available for the Yukon’s expanding herd of wood bison, as well as for a small number of mountain goats found in the southern part of the territory. Wolves are extremely common in the Yukon. Most are taken on mixed-bag hunts for other species but some outfitters run winter wolf hunts.
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