Hunting Season

November 16, 2020

Hunting tips from Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement

Hunting season is upon us, and it is important that hunters continue a tradition of responsible hunting practices while keeping well informed about current hunting regulations and requirements.

There are numerous regulations hunters need to be aware of before heading out into the field. Hunting and fishing regulations are available online at

It’s also important to plan ahead when deciding where to hunt. One of the most common complaints that officers receive is hunting on private property without permission from the landowner. In Alberta, there are about five million acres of public land under agricultural lease that hunters may access. If you wish to access agricultural public land, you must first contact the leaseholder and provide information about your visit. Although leaseholders must allow reasonable access to the land for recreation, there are some circumstances where the leaseholder may deny or apply conditions to access.

Similarly, if you wish to access privately owned land, you must first contact the landowner, or the landowner’s designated contact person, for permission. In contrast to the holder of an agricultural or grazing lease, a landowner may deny you access for any reason.

Use respect. Always contact the leaseholder or landowner before entering onto agricultural public lands or privately owned lands.

Report A Poacher line

Lastly, the Report A Poacher program helps ensure our wildlife and outdoor spaces are protected for future generations. Officers cannot be everywhere at once, and this program is a way for the public to help us protect our natural environment.

Report A Poacher can be reached all day, everyday at 1-800-642-3800 or online at https://www.alberta.ca/report-poacher.aspx.

Poaching covers a wide range of violations including fishing or hunting out of season, night hunting, hunting from the road, exceeding limits, hunting while intoxicated and illegal sales of wildlife or fish. It can also be used for reporting major violations to land and habitat such as tree harvesting or destruction of stream beds.


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