Considerations for Hunters
Respect Other Users
- Alberta's parks are enjoyed by a wide range of recreational users year-round.
- Respect other users when hunting. Recognize that there may be hiking, cycling, camping, picnicking or other activities going on in close proximity.
- Use caution when transporting firearms.
- Do not use firearms for target shooting in Alberta's parks and do not sight-in rifles.
- Be respectful when encountering traplines and trapper cabins.
Wildlife baiting is NOT PERMITTED in any provincial park, provincial recreation area or wildland provincial park. This prohibition on baiting applies to all wildlife including bears, wolves and coyotes.
There are two exceptions
- A limited number of Registered Fur Management Area (RFMA) holders (registered trappers).
- A limited number of hunting guides who were historically authorized to conduct commercial guiding activities that used baits in an area prior to the area being established as a wildland provincial park.
Both exceptions are managed through permits and approvals issued by Parks Division.
Found Dead Wildlife in Parks
It may be unlawful to remove found dead wildlife from a provincial park, wildland provincial park or provincial recreation area. Contact the local Parks Division Office for more info.
In a natural area, you may be able to possess found dead wildlife or parts of wildlife if you have a permit. For more information please contact the local Fish & Wildlife Office.
Hanging and Storing Big Game
Unless authorized by a conservation officer it is unlawful to dress, hang or store big game in a provincial park or provincial recreation area. Where these activities are permitted, please follow safe storage practices to prevent human-wildlife conflicts.
Bison Hunting in Wildland Provincial Parks in Northern Alberta
East of Highway 35
- Bison may not be hunted in wildland provincial parks east of Highway 35 as there is no licensed hunting season for these animals.
- Bison east of Highway 35 are not considered wildlife. It is believed that these animals may be of domestic origin and that they have a high probability of being infected with tuberculosis and brucellosis.
Bison may be hunted in Hay-Zama Lakes Wildland Park if hunters hold a Bison Special Licence.