There are hunting opportunities on more than 85 per cent of the land base in Alberta's parks system. In parks where hunting is allowed, some activities are restricted in order to
- Protect sensitive areas and species
- Address public safety and wildlife management issues
The chart below provides an overview of hunting opportunities in Alberta's parks. This web page is not a legal document, nor is it a comprehensive listing of Alberta Parks' regulations.
In addition to the information in the chart, there are specific considerations related to
General considerations for hunters includes information on
Hunting Opportunities Chart
Hunting Information by Park Classification
- Hunting is prohibited in ecological reserves.
- Ecological reserves preserve and protect natural heritage in an undisturbed state for scientific research and education.
- The primary intent of this class of protected area is strict preservation of natural ecosystems, habitats, features and associated biodiversity.
- Hunting is prohibited in wilderness areas.
- Wilderness areas preserve and protect natural heritage where visitors are provided opportunities for non-consumptive, nature-based outdoor recreation.
Provincial Parks and Provincial Recreation Areas
- Provincial parks preserve natural heritage. They support outdoor recreation, heritage tourism and natural heritage appreciation activities that depend on and are compatible with environmental protection.
- Provincial recreation areas support outdoor recreation and tourism. They often provide access to lakes, rivers, reservoirs and adjacent Crown land.
In general, hunting and discharging of firearms (including bows) are prohibited in provincial parks and provincial recreation areas; however, there are specific EXCEPTIONS:
Firearms discharge permits are required to hunt in ALL provincial parks and provincial recreation areas EXCEPT:
An orientation session may also be required before hunting is permitted in a provincial park or provincial recreation area.
Unless you are hunting in a provincial park or provincial recreation area that has an open season, all firearms must be unloaded, encased or dismantled.
- Hunting is permitted in wildland provincial parks.
- Hunting opportunities in wildland parks.
- Bison hunting in wildland parks is only permitted in Hay-Zama Lakes Wildland Park within the Bison Hunting Zone.
- Special access restrictions apply to all motorized vehicles.
- Wildland parks preserve and protect natural heritage and provide opportunities for backcountry recreation.
Willmore Wilderness Park
- Hunting is permitted in Willmore Wilderness Park.
- Use of off-highway vehicles and snowmobiles are not permitted.
- Hunters are advised that staging areas adjacent to Willmore Wilderness Park have different hunting and firearm storage regulations than the park itself. Further information and maps are available at the Parks Division office in Grande Cache (780-827-7393).
- Willmore Wilderness Park was established under its own legislation in 1959. It is similar in intent to wildland parks.
- Hunting is permitted in heritage rangelands but entry is subject to grazing lease access conditions.
- Two heritage rangelands have been established in Alberta:
- These lands are cooperatively managed with Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development and grazing lease holders.
- Heritage rangelands preserve and protect natural features that are representative of Alberta's prairies. Grazing is used to maintain the grassland ecology.
- Hunting is permitted in natural areas; however, there are some sites with special management and safety considerations that restrict hunting and access:
- Some natural areas may be subject to grazing lease access conditions.
- Hunting opportunities in natural areas
- Natural areas preserve and protect sites of local significance and provide opportunities for recreation and nature.
- Kananaskis Country is a multi-use area comprised of both protected areas and public land. Hunters must be aware of what type of land they are accessing.
- Access to some areas may be affected when roads and recreational trails are temporarily closed.
- Large, printed versions of the six of the Kananaskis Region hunting maps are available for purchase at the Visitor Information Centres and the Kananaskis Regional Office.
- Hunting in the Fortress Lease area
- Motorized vehicle travel is restricted by the lease holder with a gate at the bridge where the road starts.
- No OHVs are permitted.
- Firearms must be encased/unloaded or unloaded/disassembled while travelling on the Fortress road from the gate (as several kilometres of this road are in Spray Valley Provincial Park).
- General hunting rules apply, including no discharge of firearms within 200 m of an occupied dwelling.
- Hunting may not disrupt activities of the lease holder, e.g. when a crew is working on lift line removal.
- Hunting must occur strictly within the boundaries of the lease. GPS is the best way of identifying boundaries. See the Map of Park Boundary Locations for Fortress Lease for coordinates.
- Hunting in other areas in Kananaskis Country
- Hunting is NOT permitted in any Provincial Park or Ecological Reserve.
- Hunting is NOT permitted in Provincial Recreation Areas in Kananaskis Country with the ONE EXCEPTION of the big game and game bird season in the northwest corner of Evan-Thomas PRA.
- Check "Kananaskis Region" for more info on Hunting in Wildland Parks.
- Check "Kananaskis Region" for more info on Hunting in Natural Areas.
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