For many Albertans, one of the biggest appeals of hunting is a feeling of freedom and independence – of living off the land and enhancing a relationship with nature.
So newcomers to the sport are often surprised – and confused – by how many rules there are. From getting a WIN card, to applying for draws, to safely using your gun and packing up your kill – there’s a lot to know.
These rules are definitely necessary. They help us maintain Alberta’s wildlife populations – and that helps us keep the hunting tradition alive. But the complexity of managing wildlife in a province as big and diverse as this means that some of the rules have to be pretty…well, complex.
We’ve talked to lots of Albertans who’d like to try hunting and want to make sure they do it responsibly – but are intimidated by all the rules or don’t know where to start.
We believe that following the rules should always be as easy as possible. So we’re starting up a series of posts to provide first-time hunters – and maybe even some old pros as well – with the info they need to have a safe, responsible, and sustainable hunting experience.
Know before you go – the hunting edition
- An introduction to Wildlife Management Units and what they mean for you
- First time hunter? Here’s what you need to get set up
- Navigating the paperwork: draws, licences, permits and tags
- Rules for safe, responsible hunting
- Dressing and transporting your kill
- Hunting non-licence and pest animals
- Special post: info for non-resident hunters and the hunter hosts who love them