Northwest Territories of Canada

Hunting the Mackenzie Mountains of Canada

Welcome to AMMO, the Association of Mackenzie Mountains Outfitters. Our eight members are the only outfitters in this vast area. We use airplanes, helicopters, and boats for backpacking, horse hunting, and rifle and bow hunting. We guide Dall sheep, Mountain Caribou, Alaska-Yukon Moose, Mountain Goats, Wolves, Wolverine, and Black Bear. Come meet us!

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Arctic Red River Outfitters Ltd.
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Canol Outfitters
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Gana River Outfitters Ltd.
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MacKenzie Mountain Outfitters, Ltd.
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NWT Outfitters Ltd.
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Nahanni Butte Outfitters Ltd.
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Raven's Throat Outfitters
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South Nahanni Outfitters Ltd.
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Game Species

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Mackenzie Mountain Reads

Voices from the Mackenzie Mountains

Re-live the experiences of the people who traveled to the distant and untouched Mackenzie Mountains of Canada's Northwest Territories. This raw, beautiful land was opened to outfitting in 1965, when intrepid entrepreneurs carried out exploratory hunts by horse and backpack to determine whether the Mackenzies were worth an outfitting investment.


This section provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about hunting in the Mackenzie Mountains of the Northwest Territories, Canada, with the Association of Mackenzie Mountain Outfitters (AMMO).

The Mackenzie Mountains

The Mackenzie Mountains of NWT cover a vast stretch of absolutely wild and untouched land (54.000 square miles or 34.6 million acres), running east of the Yukon border, west of the Mackenzie River, unfolding their breathtaking beauty from the BC border to the northern tundra that sweeps on into the Arctic Ocean.

The Wilderness Experience

There are no roads, no towns or villages, no year around residents, and no resident hunters. This is a primordial land that has not changed since Alexander Mackenzie explored the mighty river that now bears his name. Hunting in the Mackenzie Mountains is therefore a wilderness experience in its truest form and while your eyes follow wild mountain ranges that lose themselves in the horizons, the game you pursue will wonder about your unknown presence and will be unaware of the existence of man.

Non-subsistence Hunters

The Mackenzie Mountains of NWT were first opened to non-subsistence hunters, in other words to trophy hunters, in 1965. Since then this part of the world has become world-renowned for providing a high-quality wilderness hunting experience, particularly for Dall sheep.

NWT Outfitters

Currently there are eight outfitters who are licensed by the Government of NWT to provide big game outfitting services within the Mackenzie Mountains, NWT. Under the terms of the NWT Wildlife Act each licensed outfitter has the exclusive right to provide outfitting services within their zone.

Who needs an outfitter?

All non-residents (people who have not resided in NWT for at least one year) must use the services of an outfitter and must be accompanied by a licensed guide at all times while hunting.

Hunting Regulations for Non-residents

Non-resident hunters have to be at least 12 years of age, have to purchase a hunting license and can hunt the following big game species each year: one Dall Ram (at least ¾ curl horns), one woodland caribou of either sex, one moose of either sex, one mountain goat of either sex, one wolf of either sex (Sahtu), two wolves of either sex (DeCho), one wolverine of either sex, and one black bear adult not accompanied by cub(s).

Hunting's Economic Impact

Around 330 non-resident hunters come to the Mackenzie Mountains annually, bringing significant revenue to the NWT through the hunting outfitting industry. This industry provides employment for about 100 to 120 outfitters, guides, pilots, camp cooks, camp helpers, and horse wranglers. The meat from many of the harvested animals is also distributed among local communities where it benefits local elders, residents, as well as health and long-term care facilities.

AMMO's Commitment to Wildlife

AMMO has always had a good working relationship with the Government of the Northwest Territories. We take our responsibility as wildlife stewards very seriously and it is in our collective best interest to properly manage and protect our areas. AMMO has directly contributed and secured many dollars for Economic and Natural Resources (ENR) wildlife studies over the years. The Non-Resident Hunting Preservation Fund (NRHP Fund) was established several years ago so that we could take a pro-active role to help ensure that non-residents will continue to have the opportunity to hunt in the Mackenzie Mountains.

Family Owned and Operated

All our outfits are run as family businesses. Our dedication, our love for the lifestyle we choose, our total commitment to the game we hunt is the key to a great hunting experience for you.