Special Hunting Days
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|Waterfowler Heritage Days
||First Saturday and Sunday in September
|Provincial Hunting Day
||Fourth Saturday in September
|Youth Hunting Initiative
||Fourth Saturday in September
About Alberta’s Special Hunting Days
There are two special hunting initiatives that take place in Alberta each September:
- Waterfowler Heritage Days
- Provincial Hunting Day (with a Youth Hunting Initiative component)
These special days allow youth to experience additional hunting opportunities and learn proper hunting, including ethics
and responsible hunting practices from experienced hunters. They also provide an opportunity for seasoned hunters to share
their love of the outdoors.
These initiatives help ensure that Alberta continues the strong tradition of hunting, which provides outdoorsmen and women
the opportunity to experience conservation and a connection to the land.
Waterfowler Heritage Days – First Saturday and Sunday in September
Eligible youth can hunt migratory game birds on these two days without a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit or a provincial
Game Bird Licence.
As of 2012, Waterfowler Heritage Days occurs throughout Alberta (in all WMUs where there is or will be an open migratory game bird hunting season).
Youth can only hunt migratory game birds for which there is or will be an open season in that WMU. Regular bag limits apply.
See the Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations for bag limits for each species.
To be eligible, a youth must:
- be 12 – 17 years of age and have passed the Alberta Hunter Education course (Alberta residency is not required); and
- be accompanied by an adult who holds a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit
On these two days, the adult permit holder mentoring the youth must:
- not have a firearm in their possession or use a firearm; and
- not accompany more than two youth at a time
Provincial Hunting Day – Fourth Saturday in September
The Government of Alberta has designated the fourth Saturday of September as Provincial Hunting Day. This day recognizes
the Alberta traditions of hunting and conservation of our fish and wildlife resources.
Aside from the opportunities for eligible youth to hunt upland game birds, there are no additional opportunities being made
available for hunters and hunting. Hunting groups will be hosting events throughout Alberta and will be providing mentoring
opportunities for first-time hunters.
Youth Hunting Initiative – Fourth Saturday in September
Eligible youth can hunt upland game birds on Provincial Hunting Day without a provincial Game Bird Licence.
To be eligible:
- the hunter must be an Alberta resident, 12 to 17 years of age, who has passed the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education
- the youth must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or someone who is 18 or older with written permission from the
parent or guardian in order for the youth to hunt using a firearm
- the youth can only hunt upland game birds for which there is or will be an open season in that WMU (regular bag limits
Participants should also note:
- Camp Wainwright (WMUs 728 and 730) is not open to hunting on this day.
- Merriam’s turkey may not be hunted anywhere in the province on this day.
- A resident youth who already holds a provincial Game Bird Licence may also hunt additional species of upland game birds
that are open to youth hunting on this day.
- Licensed adult hunters may hunt with eligible youth on this day, but only for upland game birds for which the regular
season is open.
Updated: Jul 27, 2015