Call of The Wild
I put together my favorite hunting areas for each of the 7 species of animals found on the Yukon Valley COTW map.
Positive points of the Yukon Valley COTW Map: It is beautiful and highly detailed! Yukon Valley has dynamic environments, Winter, Summer, and Fall - depending on where you are on the map. In some areas it will be beautifully green then a weather front moves in and it begins to snow. Once the storm passes, the skies are crystal clear with bright blue - making for perfect hunting. If you like the Golden Leaves of the Birch Tree take a trip to the farthest North and enjoy Wolves, Red Fox, Moose, and Caribu.
Negative points of the Yukon Valley COTW Map: Navigation from one side of the river to the other side. However, there are low water levels at some locations allowing you to walk across. Unless you have Tents deployed at key spots, you will have to traverse trails and footbridges to move from one point to the other.
A note about shooting from the prone position: In many cases, the bullet will not strike the animal if the shot is from the prone, you will need to go into the crouch position or stand up. This issue occurs on other maps as well, mainly with rifles, and shotguns.
My Load Out for the Yukon Valley COTW map, the guns I store and or carry and switch as needed:
- Tent - I think it is a necessity, especially for this map, and well worth the purchase for any map.
- The .243 Ranger, covers the Red Fox, Grey Wolf, Caribu and meets harvest checks for these animals. When carrying weight is an issue I take the .223 good for Fox and Wolves.
- The 6.5 Matterson, covers Wolves, Caribu, Grizzly, and Moose. When hunting Bison I swap for the 7MM. The downside to the 7mm is it is a single shot. If you need multishot I would suggest the .300 Canning Magnum - holds four rounds and covers the three largest animals, the Grizzly, Moose, and Bison.
- Koter CB-65 compound bow - if you do the missions you will need a "bow" of some sort, I find for me the CB-65 a good choice with a range finder and red/green dot for accuracy.
- The .44 Panther Magnum, why? Wolves. When the pack starts to circle you most likely will be killed unless you have a close-range firearm like the 44. When I am hunting Wolves I carry the .44 as my second gun in inventory #2 slot.
- The 16 Gauge Shotgun for Harlequin Ducks - If you do the mission you will need a shotgun and some Harlequin Duck decoys. There is no caller for H Ducks, only decoys.
Callers and Decoys: You will only need Decoys for H. Ducks if you like hunting ducks.
- Moose Caller and Moose Scent
- Antler Rattle for Caribu
- Predator "jackrabbit" caller for Red Fox and Grey Wolves
- Harlequin Duck Decoys if hunting ducks. The Game will produce more ducks if you deploy decoys, otherwise only one or two ducks at various locations.
Other Accessories: Binos, Scopes, and Ammo for your weapons of choice. I use Polymer rounds when available.
Finding Need Zones: There are three main ways, (1) Walk the map, find tracks and track the animal to the need zone, yes it is slow but beneficial in finding rest, drinking, and feed zones. (2) Use your Binoculars to spot animals if they are at a zone it will be added to your map. (3) Use the WatchTower Skill! If you have that skill climb a WatchTower, activate the skill, walk around the WatchTower, and need zones close by will automatically be added to your map.
At the bottom of this page, I list Need Zone Times and a Map with Legend for my favorite hunting spots, not all-inclusive just my favorites.
Red Fox: The best location is at the Scorched Hill in the Tekon Region between 19:00 - 23:00. There are at least four drinking zones for Red Foxes and One for Caribu. Set your time for around 20:00 hours Pairs of Red Foxes will show up to drink the cool clear water. A good second option is up in GoldCaps Bluffs, the North most part of the map between the two lakes. - Watch out for Wolves.
Grey Wolves: Found mostly in the Upper North region. A good spot is the far upper part of the map - Brightwater Flats at least two Grey Wolf need and Feed Zones there. I was torn to shreds the first time I went there at night. At position: -10463.725, -12162.564 a pack of wolves will come down from the hill between 03:30 - 07:00 and cross under the railroad tracks. It is possible to get on the railroad tracks and wait for them, watch out for trains. A second location is at Scorched Hill, Cooper Rock outpost, visit on a full moon to hear the eerie sounds of wolves. The third location is in the Goldcap Bluffs around the two lakes upper North, there was a resting zone at the information point but has now disappeared on my map, could have been me killing all the Wolves. Payback for being ripped apart.
Grizzly Bear: Plentiful in the Bankside Forest area. Grizzly, Caribou, and Red Foxes cross close to the footbridge each day and early morning at position: -7046.926, -6521.675. Found also in this region are two Grizzly and Caribu resting areas within 200m of the bridge. The best location for me is North, upper Hansson River Basin at Green ShoreRise Numerous Drinking and Resting Zone for Grizzly Bears, Caribu are plentiful here as well and cross the river under the railroad track each morning. 5, 6, and 7 level Grizzly is at this location and hunt them over time and they will eventually turn Diamond. Deploy a Tent near location -4864.915, -11631.473 and you will have all the Grizzly and Caribu you can carry.
Caribu: Same locations as stated above for Grizzly Bear are my favorite spots for Caribu. Rustline Ridge lakes around 05:00 - 09:00 with a few Bison mixed in. Another good area is Bankside Forest near and around the footpaths and footbridges, Position: -7259.190 ,-6456.293. Also at most watering areas throughout the map, during drinking times.
Bison: Large herds at the Brightwater flats area and numerous drinking zones near a location: -9421.957 , -9954.298 in and around the lakes. One resting zone near this location as well. Large herds will migrate from one part of the map to these lakes, just don't get in the way or step in a pile. Large Herds at Crimson Plain in and around all the lakes as well. Overall many plentiful Bison on the Yukon Valley Map in the Central area mostly.
Harlequin Ducks: If you wish to hunt H. Ducks it is best to put out the decoys. When the decoys are deployed the game produces more ducks = more fun for you. Harlequin Duck zones are found primarily on the right-center side of the map in the long river/lake. Be aware the Harlequin Duck is skittish and will take flight at the slightest. Duck Zones can be discovered by walking along the banks of rivers looking for poo and feathers, or spotting Ducks on the water with Binos. The sweet spot to find Harlequin Ducks is direct across from Crimson Plan in the River running north and south. Once you have a zone or two put out some decoys and come back at the time indicated by the zone. H. Ducks feed four times per day (05:00 - 07:00, 09:00 -11:00, 13:00 -15:00, and 17:00 - 19:00) and rest five times a day (basically the times they are not feeding) As you get close to the ducks feeding you will hear their calls before you see them.
|All Yukon Missions Completed
|If you choose to do the missions - they are some challenging ones, take your time and don't become frustrated
Need Zone Times for all Species of Yukon Valley Map COTW
Feeding - 03:00 - 07:30, 19:00 - 23:30
Drinking - 23:00 - 00:30, 00:00 - 03:30
Resting - 07:00 - 11:30, 11:00 - 15:30, 15:00 - 19:30
Feeding - 09:00 – 13:30
Drinking - 05:00 – 09:30, 17:00 – 21:30
Resting - 0:00 – 05:30, 13:00 – 17:30, 21:00 – 00:30
Feeding - 19:00 - 00:00, 23:00 - 3:00
Drinking- 3:00 - 7:30
Resting - 07:00 - 11:30, 11:00 - 15:30, 15:00 - 19:00
Feeding - 05:00 - 09:00, 17:00 - 21:00
Drinking - 09:00 - 13:00
Resting - 13:00 - 17:00, 21:00 - 00:00, 0:00 - 05:00
Feeding - 0:00 - 03:00, 19:00 - 00:00
Drinking - 03:00 - 07:30
Resting - 07:00 - 19:00
Feeding - 05:00 - 07:00, 09:00 - 11:00, 13:00 - 15:00, 17:00 19:00
Drinking - N/A
Resting 00:00 - 05:00, 07:00 - 09:00, 11:00 - 13:00, 15:00 -17:00, 19:00 - 24:00
Feeding - 23:00 - 07:00
Drinking - 19:00 - 23:00
Resting - 07:00 - 1900