Safety and Procedures

COVID-19 response: temporary closures

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.

For more information about Alberta’s COVID-19 response, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

As hunters we are highly aware of the importance of following safe practices and procedures. We know how quickly things can happen out in the field and that 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 safety and 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 Conservation and Hunter Education Program

The Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education program is administered by the Alberta Hunter Education and Instructors’ Association.

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:

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

For further information about the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education program, or to register in the program, visit:

Updated: Jun 1, 2008