Frequently Asked Questions about Hunting in Alberta

I’m a mobility-impaired hunter: Can I use a crossbow during archery season? Do I need any other permits?

Eligible individuals may obtain special permits or licences relating to off-highway vehicle (OHV) use, discharging a weapon from an OHV or other vehicle, and the use of crossbows.

For more information contact a Sustainable Resource Development, Fish and Wildlife Division office:

Do I have to take a Hunter Education course?

It depends. First-time hunters who have not previously held a hunting licence in Alberta or elsewhere, must complete the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education course.

A first-time hunter is a hunter who:

  • has not previously held a hunting licence in Alberta or elsewhere
  • has not passed a hunter competency test in Alberta or elsewhere
  • has not successfully completed a hunter education course in Alberta or elsewhere

A first time hunter who is a non-resident (Canadian) or a non resident alien does not need to complete the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education course if accompanied by a licensed Guide or Hunter Host.

Those 14 to 17 years of age have the option of completing the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education course or the Alberta Hunter Competency exam.

Where can I take the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education course or the Alberta Hunter Competency exam?

If you are interested in taking the course or exam, call the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors' Association.

  • Toll-free in Alberta: at 1-866-852-4342
  • Calgary: 403-252-8474
  • Edmonton: 780-466-6682

Can I take my friend, son, daughter, etc. with me to watch while I hunt?

Yes, but they may not actively participate in the hunt.

I’m from another province and have hunted there; how do I get an Alberta hunting licence?

You need to buy a WIN card from a private license issuer before you can buy a license. Both can be purchased at private licence issuers.

Where can I find more information about hunting in Alberta?

The Hunting for Tomorrow Foundation offers an extensive list of hunting fact sheets on its website.

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If you have more questions about purchasing hunting licences in Alberta, contact the IBM WINRELM Help Desk:

  • Toll-free in North America: 1-888-944-5494

Learn more about hunting regulations in Alberta:

Updated: Sep 28, 2012