Annual Sales Statistics

Annual hunting, sportfishing and trapping licence sales statistics and information provided by the Government of Alberta.

Fishing Licence Sales Statistics

Sportfishing Licence Sold by Season
Season 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Resident/Non-Resident Sportfishing Licence 297,237 294,037 267,630 251,946 325,977
Non-Resident Canadian Sportfishing Licence *(included above) 9,550 4,225 3,562 3,488 3,485
1-Day Sportfishing Licence *(included above) Not available for purchase 2,151 1,966 2,113 1,518
7-Day Sportfishing Licence *(included above) Not available for purchase 2,658 2,624 2,606 1,741
Non-Resident Outside of Canada Sportfishing Licence 1,116 851 868 977 229
1-Day Sportfishing Licence 2,383 2,972 2,830 3,199 100
7-Day Sportfishing Licence 1,778 2,112 2,088 2,294 36
Walleye Special Harvest Licences 12,309 11,953 15,841 16,115 1,950
Walleye Draws Applications 22,692 31,233 33,322 22,532 20,903

Hunting Licence Sales Statistics

The licences listed below indicate licence sales for Alberta residents only and include general and special licences.

Hunting Licence Sales Statistics
Season 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Alberta Resident Hunters – Adult 118,670 114,847 102,378 98,300 124,099
Alberta Resident Hunter – Senior - - 12,041 13,606 17,092
Alberta Resident Hunter – Youth 8,350 7,913 7,666 7.758 10,533
Total Alberta Resident Hunters 127,020 122,760 122,085 119,664 151,724
Non-Resident Alien 6,667 7,370 7,480 7,576 68
Non-Resident Canadian 3,863 4,024 3,978 3,932 5,045
Resident Black Bear – Youth *initiated 2019 - - - 307 685
Resident Black Bear *includes youth 13,825 12,518 11,603 12,775 16,680
Resident Antlerless Mule Deer - Youth 850 857 793 818 853
Resident Mule Deer – Youth 936 898 871 804 879
Resident Mule Deer *includes youth 35,400 36,043 35,123 35,449 35,381
Resident White-tailed Deer – Senior *initiated 2018 - - 9,854 10,146 9,878
Resident White-tailed Deer - Youth 7,036 6,727 6,507 6,393 5,752
Resident White-tailed Deer *includes senior/youth 131,146 127,464 124,432 121,113 128,590
Resident Elk 46,444 44,172 43,363 43,865 47,541
Resident Moose 20,551 19,337 19,674 19,832 21,489
Resident Sheep 2,650 2,523 2,451 2,501 2,871
Resident Antelope 847 1,185 1,258 1,125 1,204
Resident Game Bird – Adult 56,499 54,497 47,680 44,510 50,239
Resident Game Bird – Senior - - 12,041 13,606 17,318
Resident Game Bird – Youth - - 7,666 7,758 10,533
Resident Pheasant 8,575 8,664 8,694 8,451 9,779
Resident Bowhunting 22,487 21,929 21,853 21,168 24,486
Resident Cougar 992 939 959 938 1,066
Hunter Host Licences 2,529 2,609 2,595 2,661 2,166
Hunting Draws
Season 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Applications Received 410,000 435,630 419,517 434,741 445,692

For archived hunting and sportfishing licence sales and draw applications statistics, please see:

Annual Fur Trapping Information

Trapper Statistics 2017 2018 2019 2020
Registered Fur Management Licences 1,535 1,523 1,497 1,452
Registered Partner Fur Management Licences 1,426 1,472 1,424 1,407
Resident Fur Management Licences 1,783 1,780 1,758 1,662
Registered Fur Management Areas 1,632 1,632 1,632 1,632


Updated: Jun 8, 2021