The Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Heritage Act recently came into force, bringing recognition of the important values that hunting, fishing and trapping have played in shaping Alberta’s social, cultural and economic heritage. The all-party support for Bill 201 has provided a new and stronger legal foundation for Albertans’ rights to harvest wildlife responsibly.

It’s important to note that hunters, anglers and trappers have made important contributions to the understanding, conservation, restoration and management of provincial fish and wildlife resources. By enacting this legislation, Albertans express to future generations the values contained in the best traditions of hunting, fishing and trapping.

The intent of the legislation is to establish that Albertans have a right to hunt, fish and trap in accordance with various laws, including the Wildlife Act, the Fisheries Act (Canada), the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 (Canada) and the regulations made under those Acts.

Nothing in this Act affects any aboriginal right to hunt, fish or trap.

Posted: June 10, 2008