CFB Suffield Elk Hunt

Important message regarding the CFB Suffield elk hunt

Recent changes to Canadian Forces Base Suffield’s access policy for the 2018 hunting season will restrict access to all persons under the age of 18 years of age. Anyone under the age of 18 who has been successfully drawn for this special licence opportunity, will unfortunately not be able to participate. As a result of this change in CFB’s access policy, affected 2018 special licence draws for elk will be cancelled, and the special licence draw priority for these hunters will be advanced one priority point.

An alternative option available to affected hunters is to select a hunting opportunity outside of WMU 732 (CFB Suffield) in the surrounding WMUs (124, 128, 142, 144, 148, 150). The following season dates are available:

  • October 25 to November 16
  • November 17 to December 20
  • January 1 to January 30, 2019

If you wish to take advantage of one of these alternative opportunities, please contact AEP.FWDLicensing@gov.ab.ca before October 25 and arrangements will be made to transfer the special licence to one of these hunt options. Please note, if you choose this option, priority points will not be restored.

Cancellation of a licence authorization will also allow you to purchase you General Elk Licence and allow you to purchase a remaining undersubscribed elk special licence opportunity.

Please note that Alberta Environment and Parks does not control access restrictions to CFB Suffield – These decisions are made in the interest of public safety, any concerns regarding this decision can be directed to CFB Suffield.

Since 2012, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), in partnership with Canada's Department of National Defence, has provided elk hunting opportunities at Canadian Forces Base Suffield (CFB Suffield) in southeastern Alberta.

  • Hunts surrounding the base for the 2018-19 seasons began on September 1, 2018, and will continue until January 30, 2019.
    • 200 antlered elk licences will be issued.
    • 150 antlerless elk licences will be issued.
  • Hunts within the base will begin on November 12, and will continue until February 8, 2019.
    • 230 antlered elk licences will be issued.
    • 350 antlerless elk licences will be issued.

For further information on the CFB Suffield Elk hunt, see:

Suffield Elk and Bovine Tuberculosis

Concerns have been raised about the possibility of bovine tuberculosis in the large population of elk associated with Canadian Forces Base Suffield (CFB Suffield).

Alberta's Chronic Wasting Disease program, examines the lymph nodes of submitted wildlife. Through this program we are able to passively monitor for bovine tuberculosis. We have not seen abnormalities that would suggest that bTB is in Suffield elk.

The original elk on CFB Suffield were translocated from Elk Island National Park in the late 1990s and all animals relocated from the park were tested for bovine tuberculosis and found to be disease free.

Elk Island National Park has implemented a continuous bovine tuberculosis surveillance program since the 1970s, and bovine tuberculosis has not been detected in the park since the early 1980s (detection in a wood bison that came to Elk Island National Park from Wood Buffalo National Park in the mid 1960s).

Bovine tuberculosis does occur sporadically in cattle (last case prior to the current finding was in cattle in British Columbia in 2011) and Canada’s national surveillance program generally finds infected cattle before the infection spreads. Investigations are focused firstly on the infected cattle and repercussions to the livestock industry, but Environment and Parks' wildlife disease experts are engaged to understand the finding and assess the risk, which is typically minimal.

Bovine TB can infect humans but does not readily transfer to people. The risk of infection in wild game is very low. To date, there is no evidence of bovine tuberculosis in elk in Alberta.

Precautions hunters can take with their harvest are available at:

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Updated: Oct 31, 2018