Hunting Licences and Fees

See below for a listing of Alberta hunting licence and permit fees. Be sure to check what hunter classification applies to you before finding your fee.

Where do you live?

Alberta hunting licence and permit fees are based on where a hunter lives. In Alberta, hunters are classified in three ways:

Alberta Resident:

A person who either:

  • has his or her only or primary residence in Alberta and
    • is a Canadian citizen or admitted to permanent residence in Canada, or
    • has lived in Canada for the 12 month period immediately preceding the relevant date, or
  • is on full time service with the Armed Forces of Canada and would, if an election were held under the Canada Elections Act (Canada), be eligible to vote in Alberta under that Act.
Non-resident Alien: A person who is neither a resident nor a non-resident (Canadian).
Non-resident (Canadian):

A person who is not a resident of Alberta, but who

  • makes his or her home in Canada and is ordinarily present in Canada, and
  • has lived in Canada for the 12-month period immediately preceding the relevant date

See the Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations for a complete list of all licences and fees:

Note: Resident Hunters can now go on a guided hunt with an Alberta Outfitter using the outfitter’s allocation.

  • Resident Hunters who did not receive a Special Licence authorization through the draw process are now eligible to obtain guiding services using the Outfitter’s special licence allocation.
  • This opportunity is temporary in response to the financial hardship currently experienced by the lack of international travel due to current restrictions. Licence pricing for these opportunities is available below. Current licence restrictions still apply. For more information on which Outfitters are guiding resident clients, please visit the Alberta Professional Outfitters website.


COVID-19 Outfitter Licence Fees

Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 have hit tourism industries hard around the world, and in Alberta it has created a particularly difficult year for hunting outfitters. In an effort to help the industry, the Alberta government has passed two temporary amendments earlier this month to boost business. The temporary amendments allow Alberta residents who did not receive a Special Licence authorization through the draw process are eligible to obtain a Special Licence hunting opportunity through the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society. Current licence restrictions still apply. The amendments take effect on Aug. 25 and will last for up to two years. Prices of outfitted licences have been updated.

Permits and Licences Canadian Non-Resident Alien
White-tailed Deer Licence $262.24 $333.84
Mule Deer Licence $187.24 $258.84
Elk Licence $309.66 $446.43
Moose Licence $269.60 $415.30
Trophy Bighorn Sheep Licence $621.45 $621.45
Trophy Antelope Licence $293.10 $348.02
Black Bear Licence $163.90 $185.02
Cougar Licence $265.31 $399.97
Wolf/Coyote Licence $12.40 $12.40

Fees are in Canadian dollars and do not include the 5 percent federal Goods and Services Tax (GST

Special Resident Youth and Senior Hunting Licence Fees

Alberta residents aged 10 to 17 years of age may purchase the Resident Youth/Senior Wildlife Certificate (includes Game Bird Licence)

Alberta residents aged 12 to 17 years of age may purchase the following Big Game Licences:

Certificate or Licence Fee
Resident Youth/Senior Wildlife Certificate (includes Game Bird Licence) $8.30
Resident Youth Mule Deer Licence $8.25
Resident Youth/Senior White-tailed Deer Licence $8.25
Resident Youth Black Bear Licence $8.25
In addition, for just $12.00, an eligible youth can partner with any Special Licence holder and hunt under that authority of that licence.

Alberta residents aged 65 years of age and older may purchase the following

Certificate or Licence Fee
Resident Youth/Senior Wildlife Certificate (includes Game Bird Licence) $8.30
Youth/Senior White-tailed Deer Licence $8.25
In addition, for just $12.00, an eligible senior can partner with any Special Licence holder and hunt under that authority of that licence.
  • Eligible youth must be holders of a Resident Youth Wildlife Certificate in order to purchase a Youth Hunting Licence
  • These licences are valid during the seasons that do not require one of the Special Licences obtained through a draw.

For more on youth hunting and eligibility, see:

Related Information

Learn more about purchasing a hunting licence in Alberta.


Updated: Sep 4, 2020