Adventure is calling you... to Alberta, Canada
From the peaks to the prairies of southern Alberta, Canada, the hunting possibilities are endless. Mule Deer, Whitetails, Antelope, Moose, Elk, Bears, Big Horn Sheep, Coyotes, and Cougars standing on rocky outcroppings or tracked through fresh snow - Alberta is like nowhere else; great trophy quality, spectacular scenery. Variety defines Alberta... and there are many ways to experience it.
Alberta is the westernmost province of the three Prairie Provinces in Canada. Its landscape encompasses mountains, prairies, desert badlands, and miles of coniferous forests. It has more than 600 lakes, and rich mineral deposits (in fact, Alberta is home to the country’s largest deposits of oil and natural gas). The Rocky Mountains form the southern portion of Alberta's western boundary and adjoins the northern point of the State of Montana.
The world record non-typical mule deer hails from Alberta, scoring a staggering 355 2/8 Boone & Crockett inches.
Alberta’s Special Hunting Days
There are two special hunting initiatives that take place in Alberta each September:
- Waterfowler Heritage Days
- Provincial Hunting Day (with a Youth Hunting Initiative component)
These special days allow youth to experience additional hunting opportunities and learn proper hunting, including ethics and responsible hunting practices from experienced hunters. They also provide an opportunity for seasoned hunters to share their love of the outdoors.
These initiatives help ensure that Alberta continues the strong tradition of hunting, which provides outdoorsmen and women the opportunity to experience conservation and a connection to the land.
Waterfowler Heritage Days – First Saturday and Sunday in September
Eligible youth can hunt migratory game birds on these two days without a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit or a provincial Game Bird Licence.
As of 2012, Waterfowler Heritage Days occurs throughout Alberta (in all WMUs where there is or will be an open migratory game bird hunting season).
Youth can only hunt migratory game birds for which there is or will be an open season in that WMU. Regular bag limits apply. See the Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations for bag limits for each species.
To be eligible, a youth must:
- be 12 – 17 years of age and have passed the Alberta Hunter Education course (Alberta residency is not required);
- and be accompanied by an adult who holds a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit
On these two days, the adult permit holder mentoring the youth must:
- not have a firearm in their possession or use a firearm;
- and not accompany more than two youth at a time
Provincial Hunting Day – Fourth Saturday in September
The Government of Alberta has designated the fourth Saturday of September as Provincial Hunting Day. This day recognizes the Alberta traditions of hunting and conservation of our fish and wildlife resources. Hunting groups will be hosting events throughout Alberta and will be providing mentoring opportunities for first-time hunters.
Youth Hunting Initiative – Fourth Saturday in September
Eligible youth can hunt upland game birds on Provincial Hunting Day without a provincial Game Bird License. To be eligible:
- the hunter must be an Alberta resident, 12 to 17 years of age, who has passed the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education course
- the youth must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or someone who is 18 or older with written permission from the parent or guardian in order for the youth to hunt using a firearm
- the youth can only hunt upland game birds for which there is or will be an open season in that WMU (regular bag limits apply)
Participants should also note:
- Camp Wainwright (WMUs 728 and 730) is not open to hunting on this day.
- Merriam’s turkey may not be hunted anywhere in the province on this day.
- A resident youth who already holds a provincial Game Bird Licence may also hunt additional species of upland game birds that are open to youth hunting on this day.
- Licensed adult hunters may hunt
Hiring A Guide
When hunting in Alberta, you will benefit greatly from the knowledge and skill of local outfitters and guides. In fact, if you’re visiting Alberta from other provinces or outside of Canada, you must hunt with a hunter host or contract with a licensed outfitter or guide. All licensed, registered guides in the province are members of the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society (APOS).
We're proud to recommend these guides and outfitters in Alberta:
North River Stone - We offer Hunting Trips in northern British Columbia for Moose, Mountain Caribou, Mountain Goat, and Grizzly and, in northern Alberta, for Whitetail Deer. All our hunts are customized around you. All our hunting trips include Wolf license. In Alberta, it includes Wolf and Coyote license. We can provide you with the adventure of a lifetime! It's your turn--come and make a memory with us.
Udell's Guiding and Outfitting - Located in NW Alberta in what is arguably the most game rich area of the province, we have been in operation for over 16 years and have been extremely successful offering fully guided and outfitted adventures for most species available in Alberta. Whether you are looking for one of our standard hunts or want to put together a custom combination, don't hesitate to give us a call. We will do everything in our power to make your hunting dream a reality.
Bruno Martel Hunting Adventure, Inc. - We invite you to come see some of the best bear trophies in Alberta, Canada. We also make sure that you will have the opportunity to harvest your two bears limit that you are looking for. Our hunting success is rated 150%+ by hunters. Approximately 70% of the bagged bears are trophies of 6 feet or more and weigh from 250 to 325 pounds. We have taken many of 7 feet, 450 to 500 pounds+ with rifle and bow. You also have the opportunity to hunt and harvest for magnificent wolves. Alberta... where The Big Ones Roam....
Elk River Outfitters - Our hunting area of hundreds of square miles is located in west central Alberta next to the Rocky Mountains. We offer a variety of hunting methods to suit your hunt. This is a no-draw hunt (guaranteed tags) and 4 hunters per week beginning September 17 thru approximately October 2 (hunting in the rut)! Our lodge consists of log cabins along the Brazeau River with homecooked meals.
Venture North Outfitting - Venture North Outfitting provides full-service professionally guided hunting and fishing adventures in Alberta. Whitetail deer bowhunting and rifle whitetail deer hunts, goose hunting, and duck hunting over a spread of decoys, spring black bear hunting, and winter coyote hunting, Venture North Outfitting invites you to a hunting adventure of a lifetime. Double-Diamond.jpg Double Diamond Wilderness Hunts - We are a fulltime trophy hunting outfitter in Alberta, Canada, offering quality hunting adventures for Black Bear, Whitetail Deer, Mule Deer, Wolf, and Coyotes. Whether you are an archery, rifle, crossbow or muzzle loader hunter, we can customize a world class hunt for your hard-earned money. I personally have had the pleasure of guiding/hunting world wide and have created a business that is second to none. With over 25 years in business and 90% hunter return rate, join us to see what you have been missing!
Wicked River Outfitting - Wicked River Outfitters has two guiding territories in northern BC: the Anzac River area (275 square miles) northeast of Prince George, and the Wicked River area west of Fort St. John (1,500 square miles). We have the following species available: Stone sheep, Canadian moose, mountain goat, elk, black bear, grizzly bear, and wolf. We offer both spring bear hunts and fall hunts. These are mountain hunts, you will need to be in good shape, especially for sheep and goat hunting.
Adventure is calling. Are you ready?