Camp Wainwright Ungulate Hunt

Please read carefully as some information and procedures have changed.

Important information for 2021

Alberta Environment and Parks, Fish and Wildlife Stewardship (AEP-FWS) works collaboratively with the Canadian military to be able to provide a unique hunting opportunity on Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Wainwright:

  • AEP-FWS is responsible for the management of all wildlife and for allocating special licences for eligible resident hunters through the draw system.
  • CFB Wainwright is responsible for and controls all access on the base, including the determination of access requirements and managing pre-registration processes

Pre-Registration

All persons entering the base who do not hold a special licence draw must pre-register before November 15, 2021. Failure to pre-register will result in you being turned away at the Hunter Check Station (HCS).

All drawn special licence hunters are automatically pre-registered.

Pre-registration applies to the following:

  • Youth or Seniors with a deer partner licence accompanying a special licence holder
  • Métis harvesters
  • First Nations hunters
  • All non-hunters/hunter helpers

To pre-register please submit a registration form to WRTBaseHunt@forces.gc.ca prior to November 15, 2021.

Access Requirements

In order to limit persons accessing the base, special licence draws have been closed (moose and elk) or reduced (deer). Individuals accompanying hunters will also be limited as follows:

All special licence holders and registered Indigenous hunters (Métis harvesters and First Nations hunters) May have only 1 individual accompany them on base. This person may be either a partner licence holder or a non-hunter.
Partner licence holders Will be considered the hunter helper for the special licence holder they are associated with. They cannot register an additional non-hunter/hunter helper. A hunter with a partner licence must pre-register for the hunt in accordance with the process outlined above.
Indigenous hunters (Métis harvesters and First Nations hunters) All Métis harvesters and First Nations hunters must be pre-registered for the hunt in accordance with the process outlined above.
  • All Métis harvesters will be required to present their harvester card at the Hunter Check Station (HCS) to verify that they are authorized for Metis Harvesting Area D, in accordance with the agreement between the Government of Alberta and the Métis Nation of Alberta.
  • All registered hunters may have only 1 non-hunter accompany them on base.

General access requirements

  • All persons entering the base must sign a waiver. Please download and complete a waiver prior to your arrival at the Hunter Check Station (HCS). Waivers can be downloaded from:

  • All persons entering the base must report to the HCS (follow signs posted on base) for mandatory check-in and safety briefing in order to be granted access to the hunting area.
  • All persons reported in to the HCS are required to attend a complete safety briefing the first day of their hunt:
    • 6:00 am: Doors open for registration.
    • 7:00 am: The first complete briefing starts. Doors will be closed to the HCS as soon as the first briefing begins,
    • Additional briefings will be offered at 9 am and 1 pm only.

Hunters must check in and out at the HCS every time they enter or leave camp for any reason.

Military requirements

  • Base area closures: 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 all hunting (example: artillery impact ranges); other areas may be closed on a day-to-day basis. Daily Closures are communicated to hunters at the hunter check station during the morning briefings.
  • Off-highway vehicle restriction: Off-highway vehicles (snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, etc.) are not permitted at Camp Wainwright.
  • Safety wear requirements: All hunters and non-hunters on the base must wear blaze orange. At a minimum a traffic safety vest or high visibility vest (simply wearing an orange cap is not sufficient).
  • Overnight camping and open fire restrictions: No overnight camping and no open fires are allowed.
  • Vehicle towing: 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, policies or conditions of access may be asked to leave the base and may have their hunt terminated.

Hunting information

  • 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 as well as the Military Police will be patrolling the base during the hunt to ensure hunter compliance.
  • WMU’s 728 and 730 are mandatory Chronic Wasting Disease submission zones so samples will be collected from all harvested animals.

Hunting dates

Species Hunt Date
Deer Primitive weapons (bow or muzzle loader) only December 2 to 4
Deer Rifle 1 December 6 to 8
Deer Rifle 2 December 9 to 11
Deer Rifle 3 December 13 to 15
Deer Rifle 4 December 16 to 18

Contact

If you wish to:

  • Ask any questions about the hunt
  • Pre-register for the hunt
  • Report unforeseen circumstances where a registered person is no longer available to attend

Contact us via email at: WRTBaseHunt@forces.gc.ca

All queries about the Base hunt must be directed to WRTBaseHunt@forces.gc.ca. This email account is monitored on a periodic basis. People are not to reach out to Base staff directly.

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Updated: Jul 16, 2021