Safety and Procedures

As hunters we are highly aware of the importance of following safe practices and procedures. This can happen quickly out in the field, and good safety practices can literally mean the difference between life and death. By taking just a few simple steps, we can significantly reduce the chances of an accident occurring.

Before your next hunting adventure, take some time to refresh your knowledge of safe hunting procedures.

Firearm Safety

The Firearms Act requires that individuals wishing to acquire non-restricted firearms must take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and pass the tests, or challenge and pass the CFSC tests without taking the course.

All hunters should be aware of federal laws surrounding the acquisition, possession, transportation and use of weapons and ammunition.

Learn more about firearms licensing, registration and the Canadian Firearms Safety Course:

Alberta Hunter Education

The Alberta Hunter Education Certification is administered by the Alberta Hunter Education and Instructors’ Association. This could is a provincial requirement for first time hunters in Alberta, and a valuable tool for seasoned hunters to refresh their knowledge of safe hunting practices and procedures.

The program, which is available either online or in person, provides approximately 30 hours of instruction. Safety and procedures make up a significant part of the course content.

The course provides instruction in the following areas:

  • Bow Hunting
  • Equipment
  • Field Techniques
  • Firearms
  • First Aid
  • Hunting Ethics
  • Legal Responsibilities
  • Survival
  • Vision and Physical Fitness
  • Wildlife Identification
  • Wildlife Management

For further information about the Alberta Hunter Education Certification, or to register, visit:

Updated: Oct 10, 2023