Minister's Special Licence

Alberta’s wild species offer world-class hunting opportunities for resident and non-resident hunters.

Each year, the Government of Alberta provides Minister’s Special Licence tags 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 are valid from August 25 to August 24 of the following year, across the province where a hunting season for the respective species occurs (all current hunting related wildlife regulations still apply). See the Conditions of Licence documents below for specific details on eligibility and conditions for each species and licence type.

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)
Elk Antlered Elk Auction - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Moose Antlered Moose Auction - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Mule Deer Antlered Mule Deer Auction - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Pronghorn Antelope Trophy Pronghorn Antelope Auction - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
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)
Elk Antlered Elk Draw - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)
Moose Antlered Moose Draw - Jan 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)
Wild Turkey Wild Turkey Draw - Jan 2024 (1 page, <1 MB)

Stay tuned for more details.

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: Feb 9, 2024