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 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Resident/Non-Resident Sportfishing Licence 303,212 297,237 294,037 267,630 251,946
Non-Resident Canadian Sportfishing Licence *(included above) 10,193 9,550 4,225 3,562 3,488
1-Day Sportfishing Licence *(included above) Not available for purchase Not available for purchase 2,151 1,966 2,113
7-Day Sportfishing Licence *(included above) Not available for purchase Not available for purchase 2,658 2,624 2,606
Non-Resident Alien Canadian Sportfishing Licence 1,061 1,116 851 868 977
1-Day Sportfishing Licence 2,038 2,383 2,972 2,830 3,199
7-Day Sportfishing Licence 1,602 1,778 2,112 2,088 2,294
Walleye Special Harvest Licences 9,967 12,309 11,953 15,841 16,115
Walleye Draws Applications 18,350 22,692 31,233 33,322 22,532

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 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Alberta Resident Hunters – Adult 119,445 118,670 114,847 102,378 98,300
Alberta Resident Hunter – Senior - - - 12,041 13,606
Alberta Resident Hunter – Youth 8,633 8,350 7,913 7,666 7.758
Total Alberta Resident Hunters 128,078 127,020 122,760 122,085 119,664
Non-Resident Alien 6,735 6,667 7,370 7,480 7,576
Non-Resident Canadian 3,849 3,863 4,024 3,978 3,932
Resident Black Bear – Youth *initiated 2019 - - - - 307
Resident Black Bear *includes youth 14,950 13,825 12,518 11,603 12,775
Resident Antlerless Mule Deer - Youth 871 850 857 793 818
Resident Mule Deer – Youth 1,029 936 898 871 804
Resident Mule Deer *includes youth 36,434 35,400 36,043 35,123 35,449
Resident White-tailed Deer – Senior *initiated 2018 - - - 9,854 10,146
Resident White-tailed Deer - Youth 7,368 7,036 6,727 6,507 6,393
Resident White-tailed Deer *includes senior/youth 134,072 131,146 127,464 124,432 121,113
Resident Elk 48,021 46,444 44,172 43,363 43,865
Resident Moose 20,761 20,551 19,337 19,674 19,832
Resident Sheep 2,771 2,650 2,523 2,451 2,501
Resident Antelope 798 847 1,185 1,258 1,125
Resident Game Bird – Adult 55,363 56,499 54,497 47,680 44,510
Resident Game Bird – Senior - - - 12,041 13,606
Resident Game Bird – Youth - - - 7,666 7,758
Resident Pheasant 8,510 8,575 8,664 8,694 8,451
Resident Bowhunting 22,440 22,487 21,929 21,853 21,168
Resident Cougar 847 992 939 959 938
Hunter Host Licences 2,527 2,529 2,609 2,595 2,661
Hunting Draws
Season 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Applications Received 373,000 410,000 435,630 419,517 434,741

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Annual Fur Trapping Information

Trapper Statistics 2017 / 2018 2018 / 2019
Registered Fur Management Licences 1,535 1,523
Registered Partner Fur Management Licences 1,426 1,472
Resident Fur Management Licences 1,783 1,780
Registered Fur Management Areas 1,632 1,632


Updated: Jun 10, 2020