Know Before you Go: the hunting edition

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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.

Photo of a ringnecked pheasant.

Know before you go – the hunting edition

  1. An introduction to Wildlife Management Units and what they mean for you
  2. First time hunter? Here’s what you need to get set up
  3. Navigating the paperwork: draws, licences, permits and tags
  4. Rules for safe, responsible hunting
  5. Dressing and transporting your kill
  6. Hunting non-licence and pest animals
  7. Special post: info for non-resident hunters and the hunter hosts who love them

15 thoughts on “Know Before you Go: the hunting edition

  1. With the open water fishing season approaching, why not implement an education program for anglers and a mandatory licensing program for new anglers, that includes:
    • Life history of sportfish and basic ecology.
    • Basics of fish management and reasons behind the complicated regulations.
    • Land-use Impacts of industry, agriculture and recreation on fish habitat and productivity.
    • Fish Identification
    With a bit of effort the Education course could be informative and fun,

    • Hi Carl – thanks for your suggestions! This is a great idea. I will share your comments with our staff – and we’ll definitely keep these suggestions in mind for future blog posts.

      Cheers,
      Jackie

  2. I have alot of questions and valid points regarding conservation in our province, would like to have an email address of somebody superior to aim my questions towards. Thank you

    • Hi Dustin – can you give me an idea of the specific questions you have? It will be easier for me to connect you with the appropriate person if I have a better idea of what you want to discuss.
      Cheers,
      Jackie

  3. Great initiative, very proactive. Have a session dealing exclusively with info resources that let you know where to hunt, e.g. ACA Discovery Guide, NCC land posting etc

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  6. What happened to it? The next post looked to be VERY useful to beginning hunters in Alberta! Perhaps they realized it was too complicated to put in an easy to understand blog post, and succumbed to despair….

    • Hi there – thanks for your question. Unfortunately, we ran into some staffing issues and this series had to go on an unofficial hiatus – but we will finish it. (And you’re right – some of these topics are pretty difficult to fit into a manageable blog post, but we’ll do our best!) Thanks for commenting and letting us know that the series has been/will be useful.

      – Jackie

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