Hunting Allocations

A hunting allocation or Special Licence allows the hunting of a specific species and type or class of animal during an identified hunting season within a specific area.

Allocations are used to manage the hunting opportunity for Non-Residents and Non-Resident Alien hunters who participate in hunting in Alberta through a professional Outfitter.

Special Licences are used when demand exceeds available opportunity, and defined season length and harvests are necessary to ensure the conservation of a species is properly managed. Special Licences are distributed through a draw process which hunters participate in annually to achieve desired harvest goals and hunter opportunity.

Education Sessions

In Fall 2021, educational sessions will be held to share information on hunting allocations in Alberta, providing the opportunity to interact with Fish and Wildlife Stewardship staff and ask questions. Sessions will be recorded and posted on Alberta Environment and Parks YouTube Channel. Use the links below to register for each webinar.

Shared Harvest - Alberta’s Approach to the Sustainable Allocation of Hunting Opportunities, December 7, 7:00-8:30pm

This webinar will cover the big game hunting allocation system. The principles, and Indigenous rights that must be considered, and the policies and processes Environment and Parks staff follow to determine the distribution of big game harvest opportunities among recreational and commercial hunters.

The Science Behind your hunting license: Allocating recreational harvest opportunity, December 14, 7:00-8:30pm

This webinar will cover how information about Alberta’s big game populations is gathered and used to inform annual recreational hunting license allocations. Aerial ungulate surveys, harvest reporting from hunters, management objectives, and other potential social considerations help us set sustainable harvest levels for species at the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) scale.

2021 Big game allocation reports

These reports outline the distribution of hunting opportunities available in the 2021 hunting season provided by Alberta Environment and Parks to:

  • Residents
  • Landowners (where applicable)
  • Non-Residents / Non-Resident Aliens through Outfitter Guides

Information presented includes:

  • Wildlife Management Unit or Units (WMU)
  • Number of current Outfitter Allocations
  • Landowner Licences sold the previous hunting season
  • Number of Special Licences available through the draw process

Please Note: The following files are large and may take considerable time to download depending on your Internet connection.


Updated: Dec 15, 2021