Each year in June, the Fish and Wildlife Division holds lotteries or draws for a limited number of special licences to hunt various species of big game and Merriam's turkey.

Special licences allow successful applicants to hunt a specific type of game (e.g., antlerless elk) in defined areas during a specified season.

  • Only Residents and, to a lesser extent, Non-residents (Canadians) are eligible to submit applications for these draws.
  • A Non-resident (Canadian) must apply with at least one Resident hunter in the draw for each licence for which he or she is eligible (exception: Non-resident Trophy Sheep Draw).
  • The Non-resident (Canadian) must hunt with a Hunter Host if successful in a draw for a special licence.
  • Non-resident aliens are not eligible for special licences.

Learn more about licence eligibility:

Learn more about special licences and draws for undersubscribed special licences:

Learn more about hunter hosts:

Get a Drawn Application Information Package:

Alberta Hunting Draws Booklet

Information on the draw and how to apply is provided in the Alberta Hunting Draws booklet.

The printed version of the 2014 Alberta Hunting Draws book can be picked up a private licence issuers and Fish and Wildlife District offices commencing June 1, 2014.

Learn more about draws:

Updated: Aug 8, 2014