Canada: Yukon Trophy Moose Combo

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Tangle with the largest Moose on the continent, in what is arguably the most prime hotspot – Yukon! Massive in both body & antler size, these crowned Kings of North will humble even the most seasoned hunter. It’s World Class!

TRIP DURATION 10 full hunting days, professionally guided 1×1
PHYSICAL LEVEL Medium
PRIME TIME The peak rut occurs from Mid-September to early October.
WILDLIFE STATUS Wild, Free-ranging & Indigenous

Package Highlights

For many hunters, these fly-out Yukon combo hunts are found at the very top of a bucket list, and it’s not hard to see why. Experience 10 full days with a knowledgeable local guide, in some of the top producing areas, in search of a monstrous bull Moose!

65+ inch and 200+ point Moose are taken annually, and humble even the most seasoned hunter. If that’s not enough, Moose can be substituted for Grizzly Bear or Mountain Caribou as desired or situation-dependent. But opportunity and success rates are extremely high and most hunters ADD a Grizz or Caribou to their Moose hunts for a flat-rate trophy fee, only payable upon successful harvest.

But that’s still not all! When licenses are purchased, each hunter automatically gets x2 Black Bear tags, A Wolf, and a Wolverine tag, in addition to the Moose, Grizzly, and Caribou tags. And so, Black Bears, Wolves, and Wolverines are a complete bonus and can be taken with no trophy fees or extra costs!

Such a line-up will satisfy nearly all hunters, but a final bonus is the opportunities to fish for a variety of species at no cost, as desired or once the hunting component has concluded. Species such as Arctic Grayling, Lake Trout, Northern Pike can all be had, with fishing gear already in camp and free to borrow!

Charter flights direct from Whitehorse to the hunting area, experienced local guides, 10+ full days, comfy cabin accommodations, motorboats, Argos, quads, and horses, the opportunity to bring non-hunting observers, extra hunting days negotiable, and pristine remote wilderness – many of our hunters exclaim that their time in Yukon was the best 10 days of their lives!

Should you be looking for the ultimate North American big game experience – look no further! It’s all here and waiting for you. Our family-owned and operated outfitting partner has had 30+ years’ experience hosting and delivering what might be one of the world’s most sought-after big-game hunting adventures!

Typical Day & Tactics

Hunters arrive in Whitehorse and are encouraged to get a hotel and spend the night to ensure all their baggage arrives, so as not to lose any time afield. Plenty to see and experience in Whitehorse, which only builds anticipation for the hunt ahead. The following morning, the outfitter or his staff shuttle the hunters to the charter plane base and fly them directly to the hunting area, alleviating any time in basecamp. This may also provide a bonus half-day of pre-scouting. In the meantime, hunters can get unpacked, settled in, and excitedly prepare their gear for the next 10 full hunting days!

Wake up early and enjoy a hearty breakfast, assemble a lunch with plans to be in the field until dark. Kick off the adventure by cruising the lake or river by motorboat, or climb by Argo, quad, or horses to a strategic vantage point and begin looking for Moose! With any luck the weather is favorable and it does not take long to spot movement. In addition to Moose, all hunters will have various tags in their pocket. This hunt provides hunters bonus species (with no trophy fee) such as Wolves, x2 Black Bears, or Wolverine. And while it’s a Moose hunt, all hunters are welcome to substitute Moose for Grizzly Bear or Mountain Caribou. These species can also be added to any Moose hunt for a trophy fee payable upon success. The bottom line is that it’s quite difficult to go home empty-handed!

Depending on proximity to camp, scarf down lunch in the field, or head back to the cabin for a quick midday reprieve. The afternoon will typically follow the same program as the morning. Search for Moose, or key in on a bull that’s been spotted earlier, all the while keeping eyes peeled for other species such as Bears, Caribou or Wolverine. Most Moose are hunted by spot & stalk, along with some calling strategies. Ultimately, any and all legal hunting tactics are used to get hunters in front of a trophy bull! During the rut, the Moose are quite aggressive and conspicuous. Many hunters get to experience a good show, and it’s not uncommon to see several quality bulls in the course of a few good weather days.

The real work begins once your Moose is on the ground! These Alaska-Yukon bulls are huge and it’s no small feat de-boning and caping them. With any luck, the Moose goes down in a spot that’s accessible by motorboat or Argo, and if not, horses are often a backup option. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and hardworking, which greatly assists the recovery process. Once back in the camp, the Moose is trimmed and hung. After that, your attention can now be put on looking for any bonus or additional species.

A final perk is the myriad of bonus fishing opportunities available once the “pressure is off”. Species such as Arctic Grayling, Lake Trout, and Northern Pike can be had, location-dependent. But there is always something willing to grab a fly or lure! Once the hunt has concluded the charter aircraft returns to shuttle you, your meat, and trophies back to Whitehorse for the trip home. Many have mentioned, that these 10 days in central Yukon might have been the best 10 days of their lives! And that’s something we’re extremely proud of.

Landscape & Climate

Central Yukon is a mosaic of mountains, lakes, wetlands, and water bodies, with stands of mixed timber, natural meadows, dense willow, and alder thickets especially in riparian areas. Most Moose hunts do not typically occur in mountain habitat and it’s the low country that is focused on such as along lakes or river shores, especially those with plentiful willow or alder tangles used as both cover and forage in the Fall season. Various stage burns or natural meadow transitional areas are also key Moose hotspots and tend to be glassed from strategic high ground. Overall, the land is typical of the Northern Boreal, quite wet in the low areas bisected by the numerous surrounding mountains. Beautiful, harsh, rugged, remote, and wild are all descriptive words that quickly come to mind.

Mid-September to early October is the classic Moose rut and primetime to be afield. This time of year, the leaves are actively changing, almost in fast forward, it seems. With two rotations/changeovers per season, leaves are mostly green when the hunts commence, to mostly fallen once they conclude. Frost is typical in the mornings and the land is ready for winter this time of year. The first hunt rotation in September does not always see snow, but the second rotation could see it begin to fall at any time. Temperatures tend to hover around the freezing mark, which is ideal for hunting and meat hanging. Cool, calm and clear weather offers the best Moose and rut hunt conditions. For detailed weather data, Wikipedia is an excellent resource as it provides historic weather trends in the “Climate” section and is available for any region worldwide.

 

Meals & Accommodations

Most Moose hunters can rely on staying in Cabin accommodations during these hunts. Cabins are roomy and well maintained with separate sleeping quarters for guides and hunters. Each has common and dining areas however to regale about the day. Cabins come complete with generator-powered electricity, running water, some have showers, and all have outhouses to meet all creature comforts, despite the extremely remote setting. Camps are usually on lakes or swollen river segments, complete with Argos, quads, horses, and motorboats, as needed or required. On occasion, outpost camps are established and hunters stay in detailed wall-tent camps, but again, all creature comforts are provided to keep hunters warm, well-fed, and dry for the duration of the hunts. Should a mountain unit be selected, spike camps can also be used should this provide quick access to a specific strategic hunting area. As needed or desired.

Meals in camp are “home-style” and usually prepared by the guides or on occasion, a camp cook. Breakfasts are hearty and typical fare with items such as bacon, sausages, eggs, pancakes, waffles, toast, granola, fruit, juice, tea, and coffee. Lunch is often packed for the day afield and typically consists of various sandwiches and snacks such as cookies, fruit, granola bars, etc. For dinner, classic camp menu items would range from pork chops, steaks, hamburgers, chili, tacos, fried fish & chips, and of course, Moose! Pair these items with sides such as pasta or rice dishes, bread/buns, potatoes, and salad.

 

Key Equipment Suggestions

Due to weight restrictions on float-plane charters, hunters are asked to limit their pack load to 100lbs of equipment for this hunt. A more detailed equipment list is provided upon booking, but essential items include;

A good day pack, various underlayers beneath overlayers using materials such as polypropylene, merino wool, fleece, Prima-loft, and Gortex. Warm hat & gloves, quality lightweight sleeping bag, hiking socks, both rubber/neoprene boots, as well as properly broken-in hiking boots, and camp shoes or slippers. Good Rain gear, lighter/waterproof matches, LED headlamp with extra batteries, x10 binoculars, range finder and spotting scope (if desired), Nalgene water bottle or Camelback bladder, personal wash kit, a soft rifle case & 40 rounds of ammunition (if gun hunting).

Pricing 

10-day hunts – 1×1 fully guided – x1 Trophy Moose Combo – Sept/Oct – $25,000

NOTE: Moose can be substituted for Grizzly Bear or Mountain Caribou with no change in price, as desired or situation-dependent.

Included 

  • Airport/hotel/charter base pick-up and drop-off services
  • All meals and cabin accommodations during the hunt
  • 10 full days with professional 1×1 guiding with an experienced local guide
  • Opportunity at Trophy Moose, Grizzly Bear, and/or Mountain Caribou
  • Bonus x2 Black Bear, Wolf, Wolverine & Fishing with all fishing gear provided
  • Rifle rental for the duration of the hunt & ammunition (if needed)
  • All ground transportation while hunting (Argo, Horseback, Motorboat, 4×4)
  • Basic field trophy & meat preparations for shipping/taxidermy

Not Included 

  • Travel to the destination city of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
  • Any pre and post-hunt meals and hotel accommodations
  • Round trip charter flights from Whitehorse to Moose camp
  • Yukon non-resident tags & licensing
  • Government taxes (5%)
  • Trophy fees for any additional game animals harvested
  • Gratuities to guides and staff
  • Trophy/meat export fees & taxidermy costs
  • Personal side ventures, sightseeing or tourism
  • purchases of a personal nature, alcohol, souvenirs, etc.

Additions

  • Round Trip Charter Flights – USD$2000 per hunter
  • Yukon non-resident big game licensing & tags – $750 (Includes; Moose, Grizzly, Caribou, x2 Black Bear, Wolf, Wolverine)
  • Yukon non-resident fishing License – approx. $20
  • Extra hunting days: Negotiable upon request
  • Non-hunting observer days: Negotiable upon request + Charter flight costs

Trophy fees for additional game species (no size restrictions);

  • Grizzly Bear – $10,000
  • Mountain Caribou – $10,000
  • X2 Black Bear – No cost
  • Wolf – No cost
  • Wolverine – No cost
  • Fishing (Arctic Grayling/Char, Lake/Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike) – No cost

Destination City

Hunters are asked to arrive to Whitehorse, Yukon, where they will be greeted by the outfitter or a driver, overnight in a hotel and depart directly to Moose camp from Whitehorse the next morning by charter flight for excellent, zero-hassle logistics.

Travel Suggestions 

Whitehorse is best reached from connection airports such as Vancouver, Calgary, or Edmonton by major airlines such as Air Canada or West Jet with daily service. Air North also offers limited service 2-4 times weekly from destinations such as Ottawa or Yellowknife.

Airport Shuttles 

Round-trip airport/hotel shuttles and all ground transportation between the airport, hotel, and charter-plane base are already included with every package.

Special Info

Passports are required for all international travel. Vaccination or Covid testing may also be required, with requirements subject to change.

Chuck – Texas, USA

“I am a lifelong hunter with 18 years of international hunting experience including five different foreign countries.  I have booked four hunts in a number of countries with TAIGA. This Moose hunt was the first one with future hunts planned in Canada, Poland and Ireland.

This was my first Moose hunt and first time in the Yukon. All the details of this hunt were executed just as expected including the remote travel, lodging and experienced guides.  Every day of this was truly a wilderness experience it was fun and exciting culminating in harvesting a Moose not to mention experiencing the beautiful serenity of the Yukon.

TAIGA has helped me to select the right hunts for my skill level and physical abilities as well as advising on all aspects of the trips.  Adrian also stays involved in assuring that the outfitter is organized and motivated to meet or exceed my expectations.  It is most reassuring to be able to speak to someone who has done these hunts personally and takes the time to arrange hunts that are particular to your wants and needs.  I highly recommend Adrian and TAIGA and will be using these services exclusively to arrange future hunts for my wife and I.”