Annual Sales Statistics

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

Fishing Licence Sales Statistics

Resident Sportfishing Licences Sold by Season
Season Number of Resident Licences Sold*
2017 294,037
2016 297,237
2015 303,212
2014 280,425
2013 266,598

*Licences purchased by Alberta and Canadian residents only.

Walleye Draws
Season Applications Received
2018 33,319
2017 31,233
2016 22,700

Hunting Licence Sales Statistics

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

Hunting Demographics and Licence Sales by Season
Season 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Total Alberta Resident Hunters (including Youth*) 119,057 123,438 128,077 127,020 122,760
Hunter Demographics
Adult Alberta Resident - - 119,445 118,670 114,847
Non-Resident Alien - - 6,735 6,667 7,370
Non-Resident Canadian - - 3,849 3,863 4,024
Adult Licences Sold
Hunter Host Licences - - 2,527 2,529 2,609
Resident Antelope 737 1,007 798 847 1,185
Resident Black Bear 13,647 15,348 14,950 13,825 12,518
Resident Bowhunting 19,095 21,513 22,440 22,337 21,929
Resident Cougar - - 847 992 939
Resident Elk 41,331 45,177 48,021 46,444 44,172
Resident Game Bird 47,614 51,884 55,363 56,499 54,497
Resident Moose 21,478 21,600 20,761 20,551 19,337
Resident Mule Deer 35,125 36,021 36,434 35,400 36,043
Resident Pheasant 6,172 7,865 8,510 8,575 8,664
Resident Sheep 2,493 2,542 2,771 2,650 2,523
Resident White-tailed Deer 129,338 130,510 130,510 131,146 127,464
Youth Licences Sold
Youth Alberta Resident - 8,778 8,633 8,350 7,913
Youth Antlerless Mule Deer - 7,428 7,368 7,036 6,687
Youth Mule Deer - 973 1,029 936 898
Youth White-tailed Deer - 957 8871 850 857
Hunting Draws
Season Applications Received
2018 419,517
2017 435,630
2016 410,000

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

Annual Fur Trapping Information

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


Updated: Oct 25, 2018