Bison hunt extended

The wood bison hunt has been extended to March 31 from February 28. Only 70 bison have been shot so far this season, which started December 1. The annual take is set at 200 bison. A combination of cold weather, short days,

The wood bison hunt has been extended to March 31 from February 28.

Only 70 bison have been shot so far this season, which started December 1. The annual take is set at 200 bison.

A combination of cold weather, short days, overflow on large lakes and rivers and deep snow have deterred some hunters, Environment Yukon said in a news release.

The extension applies to all hunters with permits who have not yet shot a bison this season. Rules set at the season’s start still apply, such as a requirement that hunters must report a kill within 72 hours.

Those who wish to hunt on Champagne/Aishihik land must first obtain permission. The First Nation’s offices are at 304 Jarvis Street, suite 100. Call 668-3627.

The Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation has already granted blanket permission for all bison hunters to hunt on their land.

Yukon’s wood bison population has exploded from about 500 in 1998 to 1,100 today. The species was re-introduced to the territory in the 1980s.