- Herd size (2011): 71,000
The Ahiak caribou range includes Nunavut, the Northwest Territories (NWT) and, to a lesser extent, Saskatchewan. The Ahiak caribou give birth to their calves from the Adelaide Peninsula (eastern Queen Maud Gulf) east to Pelly Bay, Nunavut. The herd spends most summers in the Queen Maud Gulf Migratory Bird Sanctuary. The herd winters on the barrens and in the boreal forest in the area northwest of the Saskatchewan border to the north side of Great Slave Lake. The Ahiak herd overlaps with the Bathurst caribou herd on the west and the Qamanirjuaq and Beverly herds to the east.
So far, there is no management board or management plan for this herd. Resident, outfitted and commercial harvest of caribou within the NWT portion of the Ahiak herd has been suspended since 2010, except for a limited one tag resident harvest of bulls in the range of the Ahiak and Beverly caribou herds.