Minister's Special Licence

Alberta offers world-class hunting opportunities for resident and non-resident hunters.

Each year, the Government of Alberta provides Minister’s Special Licences for select game species to be auctioned or to be allocated through draws to raise money for wildlife conservation and stewardship in Alberta. Minister’s Special Licences can be used across the province where a hunting season for the respective species occurs and are valid from August 25 to August 24 of the following year. See the documents below for and overview and specific details on eligibility and conditions for each species and licence type.

It is important to note that the Minister’s Special Licence does not convey any access permission to the licence holder. It is the responsibility of the licence holder to acquire access on any lands they wish to hunt, including all private and occupied crown land. Any access permission and permit requirements within provincial Parks are also the responsibility of the licence holder.

Auctions

Minister’s Special Licences are available to Alberta residents and non-residents through auctions:

Species Conditions of Licence
Bighorn Sheep Trophy Bighorn Sheep Auction - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Cougar

Cougar Auction - May 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)

No Minister’s Special Licence for Cougar was available for auction in 2024

Elk Antlered Elk Auction - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Moose Antlered Moose Auction - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat Auction - May 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)

No Minister’s Special Licence for Mountain Goat was available for auction in 2024

Mule Deer Antlered Mule Deer Auction - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Pronghorn Antelope Trophy Pronghorn Antelope Auction - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
White-tailed Deer

Antlered White-tailed Deer Auction - May 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)

No Minister’s Special Licence for Mountain Goat was available for auction in 2024

Wild Turkey Wild Turkey Auction - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)

Learn more about upcoming Licence auctions:

Draws for Alberta Residents

Minister’s Special Licences for Alberta residents only are available through the Special Licence Draw system for:

Species Conditions of Licence
Bighorn Sheep Trophy Bighorn Sheep Draw - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Cougar Cougar Draw - May 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Elk Antlered Elk Draw - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Moose Antlered Moose Draw - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Mountain Goat Mountain Goat Draw - May 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Mule Deer Antlered Mule Deer Draw - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Pronghorn Antelope Trophy Pronghorn Antelope Draw - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
White-tailed Deer Antlered White-tailded Deer Draw - May 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Wild Turkey Wild Turkey Draw - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)

General draw information

  • To apply for a Minister’s Special Licence draw you must:
    • Be an Alberta Resident
    • Be 12 years of age or older
    • Be eligible to hunt in Alberta
    • Not be under suspension
  • Have a Wildlife Certificate before purchase
  • Draws can be purchased online through AlbertaRELM or at a licence issuer
Species Score All-time Rank
Mule Deer (Non-Typical)* 355 2/8 1
Bighorn Sheep (Trophy Ram)* 209 2/4 2
Bighorn Sheep (Trophy Ram)* 208 3/8 5
Bighorn Sheep (Trophy Ram)* 208 1/8 7
Bighorn Sheep (Trophy Ram)* 207 2/8 8
Bighorn Sheep (Trophy Ram)* 206 3/8 9
Elk (Pope & Young, Non-Typical) 449 4/8 9
Elk (Typical)* 419 5/8 10
Moose* 226 7/8 11

*As per Boone and Crockett.

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Updated: May 15, 2024