Land Access

No matter where you are hunting, it is your responsibility to contact the leaseholder or landowner prior toaccessing the land to discuss any conditions in place that may impact recreational access.

For detailed information on access to agricultural Crown land in Alberta and who to contact to request access visit:

Recreational User Responsibilities for Accessing Agricultural Crown land  

For information on access conditions and who to contact:

Recreational Access Internet Mapping Tool  

You can call 310-LAND(5263) Monday to Friday, 8:15am - 4:30pm to talk to Environment and Parks staff about land-related inquiries on Alberta’s crown land.

Crown Land

In total, Alberta has 100 million acres of Crown land that provides unique opportunities for hunting. Crown land refers to provincial parks, protected areas and public land, Not all Crown land is managed in the same way.

Provincial Parks and Protected Areas

Including Natural Areas and Provincial Recreation Areas

Hunting is permitted in some areas. Contact is not required. Learn more here.

Public land

Agricultural Crown Land

If you wish to access agricultural Crown land, you must first contact the leaseholder and provide information about your visit. Although leaseholders must allow reasonable access to the land for recreation, there are circumstances where the leaseholder may deny access or apply conditions under the Recreational Access Regulation.

Check out a fact sheet with information to help hunters understand the process of accessing agricultural Crown Land.

Provincial Grazing Reserves

Provincial grazing reserves are public land. Recreational access conditions are in place on all provincial grazing reserves. To find their respective access conditions, use the Recreational Access Internet Mapping Tool and locate the Provincial Grazing Reserve you wish to access.

Public land use zones

Contact is not required. Alberta hunting regulations apply.

Private Land

You must first contact the landowner, or the designated contact person for permission. The landowner has the right to permit or deny access for any reason.

The Use Respect Program

Use Respect

The Use Respect program is an initiative of Alberta Environment and Parks and the Alberta Conservation Association. Its purpose is to build awareness of the rights and responsibilities of recreationists, agricultural leaseholders, and landowners, particularly as they pertain to recreational access to lands.

Under the Use Respect program, yellow and green signs will be placed along the fences of potential hunting areas on both agricultural Crown lands and privately owned lands. These signs will list the contact information of the leaseholder, landowner or a designated contact person. Remember, you must contact landowners and leaseholders well before you arrive on site to hunt. The signs are intended to make it easy for hunters to meet the responsibility of contacting leaseholders or landowners before entering onto their lands. Although there is a moral obligation to pursue wounded game and a legal requirement to ensure game is retrieved and not wasted or abandoned, these obligations do not override the legal requirement to get permission to enter private land.

Use respect while hunting. Hunters must always:

  • pack out all litter
  • park vehicles so the approach to the land is clear
  • refrain from lighting fires without consent
  • leave gates in the same state in which they were found (for example, closed if found closed)
  • not cause any damage to the lease land or the property of the agricultural leaseholder

Enforcement

We all have a role to play in ensuring that visiting public land is safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Fines for violating the rules range from $150-$500. Fish and Wildlife Officers and Conservation officers can issue tickets for offences under the Recreational Access Regulation, outlined below.

Call 310-LAND(5263) to report violations to the Recreational Access Regulation. 310-LAND is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to report illegal activity, public safety incidents and enforcement concerns on provincial Crown land.

RAR Section Description/Particulars
Section 5(3) Unable to make contact and recreational user enters anyway
Section 9(1)(a) Litter
Section 9(1)(b) Bringing an animal on a lease without authority or not in control
9(1)(c) Parking
9(1)(d) Lighting fires
9(1)(f) Using a building or improvement without consent
9(1)(f) Causing damage to a lease or property
9(2)(a) Not leaving gates and property in the same condition and state it was found prior to recreational use
9(2)(c) Not complying with a Recreational Management Plan
9(2)(d) Not complying with terms and conditions of a leaseholder
9(2)(e) Not complying with terms and conditions imposed under a Recreational Management Plan, Local Settlement Officer or Director


Updated: Sep 22, 2022