COVID-19 response: temporary closures

The Government of Alberta has temporarily closed front counters at all Fish and Wildlife offices across the province.

  • You can contact Fish and Wildlife offices using the phone numbers listed on the Fish and Wildlife - Contacts page.
  • For recreational sportfishing or hunting information, please visit AlbertaRELM or call the AlbertaRELM Help Desk at 1-888-944-5494.
  • Vehicle access is now permitted at parking lots and staging areas in provincial parks and public land. Facilities like playgrounds and washrooms remain temporarily closed. For more information, visit the Alberta Parks advisories page.

For more information about Alberta’s COVID-19 response, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

Please read carefully as some information and procedures have changed.

Important information for 2019

Hunters without a special license draw are asked to PRE-register prior to attending. This includes any hunter purchasing a partner license with a special license holder, Métis harvesters, and indigenous hunters.

The process for pre-registration involves completing a form and submitting it to the email provided.

ALL persons entering the base are required to attend a complete safety briefing the first day of their hunt. Doors open at 6:00 am for registration and the first complete briefing starts at 7:00 am. Doors will be closed to the Hunter Check Station as soon as the first briefing begins.

Anyone who did not receive the first briefing will be required to attend a second briefing which will occur at 8am (or at the discretion of base staff).

ALL persons entering the base must sign a waiver.

Hunter check station

  • All persons entering the base must report to the Hunter Check Station (HCS) for mandatory registration and safety briefing in order to be granted access to the hunting area.
  • Signs directing hunters to the HCS will be posted on base prior to the start of the hunt.
  • Hunters must check in or out at the HCS every time they enter or leave camp.
  • It is a mandatory requirement that all ungulates (deer, moose and elk) harvested from Camp Wainwright be tested for CWD. Mandatory head submission will be completed at the check station.

Military requirements

  • Military use of the base is paramount and subject to change on short notice. Large areas of the base may be closed to hunting, depending on training requirements.
  • Out of Bounds Areas: Certain areas of Camp Wainwright are permanently closed to hunting (e.g., artillery impact ranges); other areas will be closed on a day-to-day basis. Daily Closures are communicated to hunters at the hunter check station.
  • “Off Highway Vehicles” (snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, etc.) are not permitted
  • Non-hunters: A non-hunter may accompany a hunter. Non-hunters must sign a waiver and attend briefings. They must be arms length from their hunter at all times outside the vehicle.
  • All hunters and non-hunters on the base must wear blaze orange or solid red. At minimum a traffic safety vest (simply an orange cap is not sufficient).
  • No overnight camping and no open fires are allowed.
  • The military will not assist hunters with vehicles that are stuck or have mechanical problems. Hunters must make their own towing arrangements.
Anyone found to have entered closed areas or contravened any other regulations or policies may be asked to leave the base and may have their hunt terminated.

Hunting information

  • The only legal animals on the base are deer, moose and elk. All other wildlife species are closed to hunting.
  • All hunting parties are provided with a large laminated map of the base which is to be returned at the end of the hunt.
  • Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers and Military Police will be patrolling the base during the hunt to ensure hunter compliance.

Hunting dates

Species Hunt Date
All ungulate species Primitive weapons (bow or muzzle loader) only November 28 to 30
Deer Rifle 1 December 2 to 4
Deer Rifle 2 December 5 to 7
Deer Rifle 3 December 9 to 11
Deer Rifle 4 December 12 to 14
Elk Elk December 2 to 14
Moose Rifle 1 December 2 to 7
Moose Rifle 2 December 9 to 14


Updated: Oct 17, 2019