Yukon Hunting - Fishing

Yukon Hunting & Fishing Stories

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    Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: Hoefs’ family collection

    Human migrations changed hunting

    Gold-mining in the Yukon River watershed took place well before the Klondike discovery. It started in the Forty-Mile River in 1886 with 600 miners participating, and Lieutenant Frederick Schwatka (1892) described 100 to 200 miners working the... more

    Dec 20, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-11-22, PHOTO: Internet Archive Book Images via

    The wall tent camp

    Due to knee, back and hip problems, I haven’t slept in a tent for four to five years. It was always a great experience, sleeping on the ground on ensolite pads in small tents in remote locations. Having good equipment and being worn out from a... more

    Nov 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-11-08, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Fish and Game Association

    Whip ‘em out and measure!

    It has long been accepted that the tallest of tales reside in areas where fishing and hunting abound. It’s hard to say what exactly it is about the pristine waters of a prime fishing hole or a swamp at rut, but it seems that these climates, more... more

    Nov 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Hoefs family collection

    Hunting in the Yukon

    Yukon’s history – its time scale and events – is different from any other Canadian jurisdiction. The northern portion of the Territory was part of Beringia, an ice-free area that extended from the Yukon and Alaska across the Bering Land-bridge... more

    Nov 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Murray Martin

    It Is Not That I Hunt, But That I Go Hunting

    Last week I met a husband and wife in a local grocery store. The kind lady said she liked my columns on kayaking and the outdoor ventures to some amazing places, but not about hunting and killing animals. “Why do you hunt animals?” she asked. more

    Sep 20, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: Sydney Oland

    Getting Further, Going Lighter

    Even from the isolation of our north of 60 towns, one is able to equip themselves without reaching onto internet shelving any more than necessary. With so many amazing, new, big-ticket items, some of the things that have really changed the way I... more

    Sep 6, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO:


    “It will take a few minutes.” Almost all the time, taking a few minutes to get a fire going is an acceptable part of the outdoor adventure. There are some semi-emergency or worse situations where we need the fire going right now and a few minutes... more

    Mar 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-15, Photo: Pixabay

    Portable Burn Barrel

    On a recent half-day ice-fishing adventure with our son, I got to experience some of the benefits of a portable burn barrel that he has been using for the past five or six years. He puts it to use throughout the year, but spring/autumn hunts and... more

    Mar 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Graphic Stock

    Fishing on a Budget

    The equipment needed to start out fishing can be very expensive and it’s really easy to spend a lot more than you need to. One of the first things a prospective angler needs to learn is that the huge rack of lures and accessories was made more to... more

    Feb 15, 2017


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    Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Pixabay Photo

    From the Catch to the Table

    For those who don’t like the taste of fish, the reason is because of the lack of proper handling of the fish from the time it is caught to the minute it is served. It might come as a surprise to some, but a fish starts to deteriorate the minute... more

    Feb 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Yvonne Mueller

    Burbot Fishing at Little Atlin Lodge

    From the day we came to Whitehorse it was my partner’s dream to catch a burbot; the only freshwater member of the cod family is found in most Yukon lakes and large rivers. We were told that they are easily caught overnight on baited set lines, as... more

    Feb 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: Paul Rath


    September is harvest time. Berries are juicy and ripe for picking; root crops need to be dug and stored. The shortening days are a clear indicator that it is nearly time to put the garden to bed. September also marks the return of the coho and... more

    Sep 22, 2016

  • Gone Fishing

    As a Conservation Officer in Ontario in the late 1950s through the 1960s, I patrolled the St. Lawrence River to the Quebec border. I came upon a very strange group of people between five and 90 years old. They were in search of a specific species... more

    Sep 22, 2016

  • Trail Snacks: GORP and Fruit Leather

    GORP, aka Good Old Reliable Protein, and fruit leather are can be bought. Quality varies depending on how much you pay. They’re both easy to make and satisfy hunger pangs. Kids can make them; it’s a good rainy day project. more

    Sep 22, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: by Paul Rath

    How-to Remember Five Species of Salmon

    Remembering the five species of Pacific salmon is as easy as counting the fingers on your hand. Start with your thumb, which rhymes with chum. Chum, which is also called “dog salmon” is very good smoked. The late fall chum run is one of the... more

    Sep 8, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-06-02, PHOTO:

    The Little Fish With Many Names

    Someone once said, "Give a man a fish, and you will teach a man where to get free fish.” If you try to give a fish to a local – in places where salmon are plentiful – many will ask what kind, before accepting. Apparently to some, sockeye is the... more

    Jun 2, 2016

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    The Exciting Bird Migration Period

    The male blackpoll warbler is only about 5 and a half inches in size. These birds are known for their forage on insects: come the fall migration they will gorge themselves on insects to a point of doubling their normal weight. Come the cool winds more

    May 19, 2016


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    Issue: 2016-03-10, PHOTO:


    Until the mid to late 1800s, all firearms were muzzle-loaders, which, as the name implies, had to be loaded singly by pushing the components - powder, patch and projectile - down the barrel from the muzzle. This loading process made them slow to... more

    Mar 10, 2016

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    Issue: 2015-12-17, PHOTO: wikimedia commons

    Flinch: The Rifle-Shooter’s Nemesis

    Have you ever wondered why bullet holes are all over the target; or, worse, why you had a good sight-picture but the animal was poorly hit and escaped wounded? The first thing to check is your rifle and sighting system. Look for loose sights or... more

    Dec 17, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-12-03 PHOTO: courtesy of

    Trail Cameras

    Nowadays hunting and fishing are so full of gadgetry that seem to all make the “must have” list. Some of the basic skills, including patience, have now been replaced by electronic devices. One of these devices is the trail camera that not only... more

    Dec 3, 2015

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