HUNT PLANNING INFORMATION
All hunters must arrive in Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon, at least one day before they are scheduled to fly out to basecamp. There are multiple daily flights to Whitehorse from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Frankfurt, Germany. Hunters are encouraged to book their air ticket well in advance to ensure the correct arrival and departure dates. Airlines flying into Whitehorse are Air North, Air Canada, Westjet and Condor (from Frankfurt). We strongly recommend using Air North rather than Air Canada when flying to Whitehorse because of Air Canada’s history of losing hunters luggage & rifles. Air North is a Yukon based airline. They have larger aircraft and are much more hunter friendly than Air Canada. Hunters must spend one night in Whitehorse before they fly to base camp and another night when they return at the end of the hunt. The flight to base camp will be on a Alkan Air turbine floatplane and takes about two hours. We make advance reservations for all air charter service flight dates. Therefore hunters must fly into and out of base camp on the scheduled dates or they will be charged an extra fee.
Sometimes a hunter’s luggage or rifle does not arrive in Whitehorse. Airlines often lose luggage because not enough time has been scheduled between flight changes at major airports. It is important that hunters have their luggage and rifle with them when passing through Canada Customs. Please allow at least two hours between flight changes in Vancouver when going through Canada Customs as this is a very busy “port of entry” airport. Lost luggage will be sent to base camp on the first available floatplane, at the hunters cost. Adequate rifles of various calibers are available at base camp should the airlines temporarily lose a rifle. The air charter floatplane to base camp can only accommodate 60 pounds of luggage per hunter, plus rifle. All excess luggage, travelling clothes, hard gun cases, etc., will be stored in Whitehorse until the end of the hunt.
SERVICES IN WHITEHORSE
Hunters are met on arrival in Whitehorse. We make advance hotel reservations for each hunter. Hunting licences & tags are pre purchased so they will be ready for hunters on arrival. Surface transportation is provided for hunters while in Whitehorse. This includes driving to the air charter service float dock, the hunter’s hotel, the Department Of Renewable Resources for checking trophies in and obtaining necessary export permits, the local taxidermist for trophy shipping/game mounting, and shopping or other errands.
Extensive mountain ranges in the Yukon make predicting daily weather quite difficult. Generally, temperatures between August 1st and September 1st range from an average daytime high of 55 degrees F., with overnight lows sometimes slightly below freezing. From September 1st to the end of September average daytime temperatures are about 42 degrees F., with overnight lows sometimes reaching 10 degrees F. Hunters should expect moisture during some portion of their hunt. Precipitation is usually in the form of rain in August and snow in September. By late August the snow on high mountain peaks is usually there to stay. Hunters must prepare for a wide variety of weather conditions during their hunt. Our suggested list of clothing to bring on the hunt is a good guideline for climatic conditions.
Wounding of wildlife is an unfortunate aspect of big game hunting. Hunters are expected to sight in their rifles for optimum accuracy before the hunt at our base camp. In the event that an animal is wounded and visible blood or bone is found by the guide, a minimum of 24 hours must be spent trying to locate the animal. If the wounded animal cannot be recovered, it will be considered harvested for the purposes of the hunt and no further hunting for that species allowed.