MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER
A new hunting season is upon us, and the chance to get outdoors to see all our beautiful province has to offer is exciting. Increasing numbers of Albertans are taking up hunting, and our province remains a dream vacation destination for big game and bird game hunters.
Through thoughtful and responsible management of our wildlife populations, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development is working to ensure hunters enjoy a wide range and variety of hunting opportunities. This year, our department is increasing opportunities for hunting elk in our parkland area and creating an antlerless elk hunting season for WMU 732 (CFB Suffield).
I appreciate the invaluable contributions from hunters and Alberta fish and game clubs to wildlife conservation and responsible stewardship in our province. The importance of your contribution—and the role hunting plays in shaping Alberta’s social, cultural, and economic heritage—are officially acknowledged in the Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Heritage Act.
Please continue to share your knowledge and experience with new generations of hunters. Our department remains committed to passing on our hunting legacy to future Albertans, and with your help, we can ensure this happens.
Take the time to become familiar with the regulations in this guide, and respect the land. Please ensure you ask landowners for permission to access their property, and exercise caution as you carry on the proud tradition of hunting.
Best wishes for an enjoyable, successful, and safe hunting season with your family and friends.
Honourable Diana McQueen
Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR 2013
For an updated listing of all current RCWS please refer to Restricted Areas.
- Beginning 2014 all 1-900 licensing services for fishing and hunting will be discontinued. Draw applications, checking draw results or reserving undersubscribed special licences will be available online through albertarelm.com or at licence issuers.
- Proposed for 2014 – The calf moose season for WMU 728/730 (Camp Wainwright) will be discontinued.
- NOTE: Next year (2014) all new first-time hunters who have
qualified for obtaining recreational hunting licences by successfully completing the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education course, will be required to provide on their WIN application form, their hunter certificate number that is issued to each course graduate, in order to be eligible to purchase a hunting licence.
- Five Road Corridor Wildlife Sanctuaries were removed from the Highway 40/Little Smoky/Simonette Complex. The following RCWS have been removed;
- a) Huckleberry Tower Road,
- b) that portion of Secondary Road 734 between Highway 40 and its junction with the Foothills Forest Products Road locally known as the Smoky Mainline,
- c) the Foothills Forest Products Road locally known as the Smoky Mainline in Townships 57 and 58, Ranges 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, West of the 6th Meridian,
- d) that portion of the Foothills Forest Products Road locally known as the Ghost Mainline in Townships 57, 58, 59 and 60, Ranges 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, West of the 6th Meridian,
- e) the Foothills Forest Products Road locally known as the Simonette Mainline in Townships 58 and 59, Ranges 3 and 4, West of the 6th Meridian.
- Due to severe winter mortality the 2013-2014 Bison Special Licence hunting season is suspended. There will be no draw this season.
- The antlerless white-tailed deer season in WMU 429 has been extended to November 1 – 30. Hunters must use a Resident White-tailed Deer (General) Licence to hunt antlerless white-tailed deer during this season.
- The hunting of antlered mule deer in WMUs 349, 351, 354, 356, 511,
520, 524, 525 and 544 during the general (rifle) season will now require an Antlered Mule Deer Special Licence.
- The hunting of antlered mule deer during the archery-only season will now require an Antlered Mule Deer Special Licence in the following WMUs:
- 104, 108, 110, 130, 132, 134, 136, 138, 140 and 156
- 206, 208, 210, 214, 216, 220, 221, 222, 224 and 226
- 300, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 314, 318, 320, 322, 324, 332, 337, 357, 358, 359 and 360
- 400 and 402
- 502, 504, 506, 509, 510, 511, 521, 522, 523, 526, 527 and 537
- Hunting on Saturday and Sunday in WMU 248 for Antlerless moose during the October 25 – December 7 Antlerless Moose Special Licence season is now permitted.
- The calf moose season in WMU 354 has been cancelled.
- The hunting of antlered moose in WMUs 316 during the archery season will now require an Antlered Moose Special Licence.
- The hunting of antlerless moose in WMU 316 during the archery season will now require an Antlerless Moose Special Licence.
- General Archery hunting seasons and Antlerless Elk Special Licence and Antlered Elk Special Licence hunting seasons for antlerless and antlered elk have been created in the following groups of WMUs:
- 252, 254, 258 and 260
- 236, 238, 256 and 500 o 206, 222, 226 and 244
- 208 and 220
- 204, 228 and 230
- WMU 208 has been removed from the elk hunting seasons in WMUs 164 and 166. WMU 208 is now with WMU 220 (see above).
- An antlerless elk hunting season has been created for WMU 732 (CFB Suffield). An Antlerless Elk Special Licence will be required to hunt during this season.
- Goat Hunting Areas E (Monoghan Creek) and F (Rockslide) have been closed for the 2013 hunting season.
- The Camp Wainwright Deer Special Licence (Draw Code 17) will be issued with 2 tags. Both tags will be valid for a deer of either species, either sex and age.
- Cougars that are harvested under the authority of an Outfitter Allocation must now be registered within 5 business days following the kill.
- Weapons can now be carried on OHVs before noon when the only open big game season is either a cougar season or a spring black bear season.
- Non-Resident Alien Goldeneye bag limit is now 2 per day and 6 in possession.
The following definitions will help you understand these regulations:
Antlered - a white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose or elk having an antler exceeding 10.2 cm (4 in.) in length.
Antlerless - a white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose or elk that is not "antlered" (as defined above).
Bait - any substance that consists of a food attractant, including mineral and any representation of a food attractant.
Big Game Designated Guide - a person designated by the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society to commercially guide big game hunters in Alberta. A Designated Guide may guide not more than two Non-resident (Canadian) and Non-resident alien big game hunters at a time in any part of Alberta, provided that each Non-resident (Canadian) or Non-resident Alien has contracted the hunt through an Outfitter-guide. The two-hunter limit does not include Resident hunters.
Big Game Outfitter-guide - a person who is the holder of a valid Outfitter-guide Permit, and who provides outfitting and guiding services to big game hunters in Alberta.
- Class S Outfitter-guide - an Outfitter-guide who holds Non-resident (Canadian)/Non-resident Alien allocations for Trophy Sheep Special Licences. A Class S Outfitter-guide may also hold allocations for other big game special licences.
- Class T Outfitter-guide - an Outfitter-guide who holds allocations valid for Non-resident (Canadian) and Non-resident Alien big game special licences other than those for trophy sheep.
Bird Game Designated Guide - a person designated by the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society to commercially guide game bird hunters in Alberta.
Bird Game Outfitter-guide - a person who is the holder of a valid Bird Game Outfitter-guide Permit issued by the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society, and who provides outfitting and guiding services to non-resident and non-resident alien game bird hunters in Alberta.
Either Sex Special Elk - authorizes the hunting of any age, size, or gender of elk in a specific WMU.
Green Area - forest lands not available for agricultural development other than grazing. In general, the Green Area is public land outside the parkland and prairie regions, or roughly in the northern half of the province and within a strip running along the Rocky Mountains and foothills.
Hunter Host - an adult resident who is the holder of a valid Hunter Host Licence. To obtain this licence, the adult must hold a valid WiN and be eligible to hold recreational hunting licences. A Hunter Host may not provide services for gain or reward, or accept a fee for services, directly or indirectly.
The licence authorizes the holder (usually a relative or friend of the hunters to be hosted) to host a maximum of two non-residents (Canadian) or non-resident aliens* named on the host's licence to hunt wolf, coyote and big game throughout the province.
* Non-resident alien hunters are referred to Outfitting and Guiding Requirements for additional conditions and restrictions.
Loaded Firearm - A firearm in or on a vehicle, aircraft or boat is considered loaded if it has live ammunition in the breech, chamber or magazine. Cartridges are permitted in a magazine that is not attached to the firearm.
Non-resident (Canadian) - a person who is not a Resident (see below), but who makes his or her home and is ordinarily present in Canada, and who has lived in Canada for the 12-month period immediately preceding the relevant date.
Non-resident Alien - a person who is neither a Resident (see below) nor a Non-resident (see above).
OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) - any motorized vehicle designed for cross-country travel on land, water, snow, ice, marsh or swamp land, or on other natural terrain.
[Exceptions: motor boats, as well as four-wheel-drive vehicles and motorcycles registered in accordance with the Traffic Safety Act.] Among OHVs, include the following kinds of vehicles when they are designed for cross-country travel as described above:
- four-wheel drive or low pressure tire vehicles,
- motorcycles and related two-wheel vehicles,
- amphibious machines,
- all-terrain vehicles,
- miniature motor vehicles,
- snow vehicles,
- minibikes, or
- any other means of transportation that is propelled by any power other than muscular power or wind.
Partner Licence - a licence issued to an eligible hunter that allows him or her to hunt a specific species in a specified WMU and season under the direct authority of a Special Licence held by another hunter successful in a draw.
Resident - a person who either
- has his or her only or primary residence in Alberta and
is on full-time service with the Armed Forces of Canada and would, if an election were held under the Elections Act (Canada), be eligible to vote in Alberta under that Act.
- is a Canadian citizen or is admitted to permanent residence in Canada, or
- has lived in Canada for the 12-month period immediately preceding the relevant date; or
Special Licence - a licence obtained through a draw process, or for Non-resident and Non-resident Alien hunters, through an Outfitter-guide. It permits hunting of a specific type or class of game only in specific areas during a specified season. Click here for details.
Weapon - a firearm or any other device that propels a projectile by means of an explosion, spring, air, gas, string, wire or elastic material or any combination of those things.
White Geese - snow and Ross' geese.
WMU - Wildlife Management Unit, a geographical area prescribed in legislation.
WIN - Wildlife Identification Number, a permanent registration number issued to each hunter and angler.
The following defines the month abbreviations used in this guide:
A – August S – September O – October
N – November D – December
J – January F – February M – March
Ap – April Ma – May Ju – June
Notice to Hunters
The Fish and Wildlife Division of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development frequently conducts vehicle checks to assist in the management of Alberta's fish and wildlife resources and to ensure compliance with existing legislation.
It's Important to Provide Your Email Address
By providing your email address you will:
- receive early notification of your draw results.
- receive important information from Fish and Wildlife throughout the year.
- be able to participate in the annual Game Harvest Survey.
- receive the latest information quickly and efficiently.
- receive personal notification of your Chronic Wasting Disease test results.
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