Caribou Hunting News

Quebec Takes Steps to Protect George River Caribou Herd

Mr. Serge Simard, Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife, has announced a series of precautionary measures that he intends to implement for the George River migratory caribou herd during the forthcoming hunting season.

The survey performed in the summer of 2010 confirmed that the herd now comprises only 74,000 animals, and that its numbers are declining. "If we are to manage the species responsibly, the current situation demands that some decisions be made and concrete steps taken," said Minister Simard.

Alaska Appalled at USFWS Decision

In a decision that ignores subsistence needs of local Alaskans and directly conflicts with sound wildlife management policies aimed at preserving a rapidly declining caribou herd on Unimak Island, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) dismayed state wildlife managers yesterday by deciding to take no action to help the Unimak Caribou herd.

Porcupine Caribou Herd Numbers Are Up

An aerial census conducted last July by the State of Alaska, although yet to be completed, confirms in excess of 123,000 animals in the Porcupine caribou herd, significantly higher than the estimate of 90,000-100,000 that biologists have worked with for the past few years, Environment Minister John Edzerza announced..

"This is welcome news for all Yukoners," Edzerza said. "We appreciate the time and effort taken by Alaska to collect this essential information, given that efforts over the past nine years were foiled by bad weather and changed migration patterns.".

Alaska Extends Deadline for Permit Hunt Applications

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has extended the deadline for permit hunt applications submitted by mail to December 15, 2010. "As a result of a delay in distribution, application materials arrived late to license vendors. The department is concerned that hunters will not have adequate time to complete the mail‐in applications and have them postmarked by the November 30 date specified in the Permit Hunt Supplement," said Pat Valkenburg, Deputy Commissioner of Fish and Game.

Quebec Concerned With George River Caribou Herd Decline

The Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife, Mr. Serge Simard, says he is concerned at the reduction in the size of the Northern Québec region's George River caribou herd, as revealed by the aerial census carried out in the sector in the summer of 2010. The census estimates the current total caribou population at 74,000 animals.

Support to Recover the Bathurst Caribou Herd Continues

The Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) have signed an agreement on actions to support the recovery of the Bathurst barren-ground caribou herd within the Chief Drygeese Area.

The agreement was signed today by Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Minister J. Michael Miltenberger and YKDFN Chiefs Edward Sangris (Dettah) and Ted Tsetta (Ndilo).

“This is an example of what can be accomplished by working together while respecting rights and traditional laws,” said Chief Edward Sangris.

Alaska FortyMile Caribou Hunt Reopened Sept. 4th

The State of Alaska fall hunting season for Fortymile caribou in areas accessible from the Steese Highway will reopen at 12:01 am Saturday morning, September 4, 2010.

"Harvest reports show that we haven't met the quota of 180 bulls yet, and the caribou have dispersed enough to allow the season to be reopened with less chance of an overharvest,” said Tok Area Biologist Jeff Gross.

British Columbia Working to Manage Boreal Caribou
The B.C. government is acting to manage British Columbia's boreal caribou population by introducing Resource Review Areas (RRAs) and by enabling habitat restoration and mitigation actions to take place in and across the province's boreal caribou ranges.
Yukon Permit Applications Available Now
Environment Yukon now has applications available for Yukon residents who want to enter the permit hunt lottery for moose, caribou, sheep, goat, deer or elk in a permit area, Environment Minister John Edzerza announced.
Harvest Management Plan for Yukon Porcupine Caribou
Most parties responsible for managing the Porcupine caribou herd in the Yukon and Northwest Territories have agreed to adopt a Harvest Management Plan to conserve the herd, including a management framework that varies harvesting practices with the size of the herd population.