A Canadian Moose with Alaska-Yukon Genetics

May 6, 2016 | B.C. Hunting


When it comes to moose classification, our location at the far northern edge of British Columbia often leads to questions from hunters. First, what’s the defining difference between Canadian moose and Alaska-Yukon moose? And which do we hunt here at Kawdy Outfitters?

The answer to the first question is simple. According to Boone & Crockett scoring, the defining difference in the moose subspecies is the B.C. and Yukon border. A moose on our side of the border is a Canadian moose. On the other side of the border, it’s an Alaska-Yukon moose. It may be arbitrary, but that’s the way the subspecies are classified for record book purposes.

Our hunting area lies at the headwaters of the Yukon River system, within spitting distance of the border. That means that while we’re hunting Canadian moose here at Kawdy Outfitters, our moose share more genetic similarities with Yukon moose than they do with Canadian moose elsewhere in Canada.

For the hunter looking for an outstanding trophy, hunting in this area offers a distinct advantage. Since our moose resemble their Yukon counterparts, they are some of the largest Canadian moose found anywhere. Each of our moose hunters has a great shot at taking a B&C class moose on their hunt.

In fact, one of the most unique things about our hunting area is that hunters have a realistic opportunity to take B&C class animals of all the species we hunt. This area produces outstanding mountain goats, mountain caribou, stone sheep and grizzlies. Taking two species on a 10-day hunt is very doable. We actually recommend that interested moose hunters book a caribou combo hunt, because we commonly see trophy mountain caribou while hunting moose, or vice versa.

In addition to the trophy quality of these Canadian moose, our area boasts an incrdible density of animals in open, huntable country. Unlike many areas in the Yukon with low moose densities or other areas where spotting moose is challenging, our hunts tend to be action-packed. We are able to glass this country with relative ease and hunters can expect to see good numbers of animals during their hunt.

For more information on our Canadian moose hunts or combo hunts here in British Columbia, please give us a call at 250-306-8624 or send us a message. We would love to tell you more about the outstanding hunting opportunities here at Kawdy Outfitters!

Written by Ryan McSparran

Ryan McSparran is an outdoor writer, a hunting and fly fishing guide, and very proud to be a part of the Kawdy Outfitters team.