Hunting Draws

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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.

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Each year in June, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) holds lotteries or draws for a limited number of special licences to hunt various species of big game and Merriam's turkey.

Alberta Hunting Draws Booklet

Information on the draw and how to apply is provided in the Alberta Hunting Draws booklet.

Special licences allow successful applicants to hunt a specific type of game (e.g., antlerless elk) in defined areas during a specified season.

  • Only Residents and, to a lesser extent, Non-residents (Canadians) are eligible to submit applications for these draws.
  • A Non-resident (Canadian) must apply with at least one Resident hunter in the draw for each licence for which he or she is eligible (exception: Non-resident Trophy Sheep Draw).
  • The Non-resident (Canadian) must hunt with a Hunter Host if successful in a draw for a special licence.
  • Non-resident aliens are not eligible for special licences.

To view the Hunting Draws booklet, visit the Open Publications Portal at:

Related Information

Find out more about hunting draws or review drawn applicants information:

Learn about hunting licence eligibility:

Get details on hosting non-resident or non-resident alien hunters:


Updated: May 24, 2019