Who requires Hunter Education in Yukon?


All Yukon Residents born after April 1, 1987 are required to take and successfully complete a recognized hunter training course prior to obtaining a hunting license. Certification from any jurisdiction in Canada or the United States is currently recognized. Others may also be accepted on a case-by-case basis.


Non Residents do not require Hunter Education certification to hunt Big or Small Game in the Yukon. They are however required to be guided by a registered Yukon Outfitter if they wish to hunt Big Game. In addition, 100 Special guiding licences are available every season allowing Yukon Residents to guide a Non-Resident for Big Game. Bison, goat, sheep, elk, deer, and wolverine may not be hunted under a Special Guide Licence. Other restrictions may apply.

Minimum Age Requirements

  • There are no minimum age requirements for obtaining a Small Game license in the Yukon.
  • Both Residents and Non-Residents must be 12 years of age or older to hunt Big Game. All hunters under 16 are required to be accompanied by a person 19 years of age or older who holds a valid Yukon hunting license or who is a licensed guide with a licensed Yukon outfitter.
  • Resident Big Game hunters between 12 and 14 years of age must use the seal of their accompanying hunter.
  • Resident Big Game hunters between 14 and 16 years of age must obtain their own seals.
  • Non-Resident Big Game hunters between 12 and 16 years of age must obtain their own seals.

Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)

A PAL is not required to obtain any Yukon Hunting Licence.

Exam challenge

Individuals wishing to challenge the exam may do so provided that:

  • They are a Yukon Resident as defined by the current Wildlife Regulations.
  • They were born prior to April 1, 1987.
  • They are the current holder of a valid Canadian Firearms Possession and Acquisition License.
  • They have held a hunting License in the Yukon for a minimum of five years.
  • They have not been convicted of any Hunting- related violations in the past five years.

Only one chance at challenging the exam will be permitted.

Online Training Available?

There is no online training currently available, but plans to develop an online course are in progress.


For information about courses contact:

Jim Welsh
Hunter Education Outreach Officer
Yukon Department of Environment
Box 2703 (V-18)
Whitehorse, YT
Y1A 2C6

(867) 667-5617


Hunter Education Program Website:


Regulations Summary/Synopsis:


Government Department responsible for hunting:

Yukon Department of Environment: www.env.gov.yk.ca

NGOs related to hunting:

Yukon Fish and Game Association: www.yukonfga.ca
Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board: yfwmb.ca
Yukon Outfitters Association: www.yukonoutfitters.net