Licensing and Costs

Purchasing a Licence

Aspira manages the sale of all recreational hunting and fishing licences in Alberta. Licences are sold through private licence issuers or online at Albertarelm.com.

Albertarelm.com is a website for hunters and anglers. By registering on the site individuals can purchase their licences.

Costs of licences are the same online or at an issuer, no service fees are added. Cost will vary according to the type of licence.

For Online Purchases:
To purchase an online licence you will need a valid credit card, an email address, access to a computer with an internet connection and a printer to print your licences.

Download the AlbertaRelm APP and easily store your licences and WiN card electronically. Please remember that the onus remains on the hunter to be able to produce their licence, whether electronic or paper, and associated paper tags when requested by an officer during field compliance checks.

To purchase a licence, which requires tags online, you must have a pre-numbered tag(s) before you begin your purchase process. Tags are available by calling 1-888-944-5494 and at Licence Issuers
 
Licence Issuers
A list of Licence Issuers and locations can be located on albertarelm.com or contact the call centre/help desk toll-free in North America at 1-888-944-5494. Email inquiries can be sent to albertarelmsupport@aspiraconnect.com


Licence Requirements

Wildlife Identification Number (WiN)
Hunters and anglers in Alberta must possess a 10-digit Wildlife Identification Number (WiN) to apply for draws, purchase wildlife certificates, licences and replacements.

Please keep your information up to date; address changes can be made online or at an issuer.

Wildlife Certificate
Hunters must possess a valid Wildlife Certificate and the applicable hunting licence to hunt big game or game birds. Licences and applicable tags must be carried on their person while hunting.

Licensing requirements for first-time hunters
NOTE: all new first-time hunters who have qualified for obtaining recreational hunting licences by successfully completing the Alberta Conservation and Hunter education course, will be required to provide on their WiN profile, their hunter certificate number that is issued to each course graduate, in order to be eligible to purchase a hunting licence.

A first-time hunter is a hunter who 1) has not previously held a hunting licence in Alberta or elsewhere, or 2) has not prior to April 1, 2010, met Alberta first-time hunter criteria, or 3) has not successfully completed a hunter education course in Alberta or elsewhere.

Non-resident and non-resident alien hunters (12 years of age or older) are exempt from the first-time hunter eligibility requirement if they are accompanied by a Hunter Host or a Designated Guide while hunting in Alberta.

Youth first-time hunters must be at least 12 years old (10 years of age for game bird) to hunt under the authority of any hunting licence in Alberta. All hunters under the age of 16 years must have written permission from a parent or guardian to purchase hunting licences. Hunters who are 11 years old may apply in the draws for licences if they meet the above criteria, but they must be 12 years old anytime before or during the open season for that draw. They may not hunt until they are 12 years old. To hunt with a firearm, hunters under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, a legal guardian or by a person 18 years of age or older who has the written permission of the parent or legal guardian. If a youth turns 18 during the hunting season, they can continue to hunt using their valid licence.

If you are interested in taking the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education course, call the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association toll-free in Alberta at 1-866-852-4342, Edmonton 780-466-6682, or Calgary 403-252-8474.

Resident Youth Hunting Licences
Subject to the age limitations and conditions above, a resident 10 to 17 years of age may purchase a Resident Youth Wildlife Certificate, including a Game Bird Licence, for $8.30. The holder of a valid Resident Youth Wildlife Certificate between 12 and 17 who has not yet attained the age of 18 years may also purchase a Youth White-tailed Deer Licence and a Youth Mule Deer Licence, each for $8.25. These licences are valid during the seasons that do not require one of the Special Licences obtained through a draw. This person may also purchase an Antlerless Mule Deer Special Licence (available through a draw, see Draws for Special Licences, below) for $8.25. Partner Licences are also available to resident youths if designated by the holder of any special licence. See this page.

Resident Senior Hunting Licences
A resident 65 years of age or older, at the time of acquiring the following licences may purchase a Resident Youth/Senior Wildlife Certificate, including a Game Bird Licence, for $8.30. The holder of a valid Resident Youth/Senior Wildlife Certificate may also purchase a Youth/Senior White-tailed Deer Licence for $8.25. These licences are only vaild during the seasons that do not require one of the special licences obtained through a draw. Partner Licences are also available to resident seniors if designated by the holder of any special licence.

Hunters with Disabilities
Eligible individuals may obtain a special permit or licence relating to off-highway vehicle (OHV) use, discharging a weapon from an OHV and cross-bow use during archery only season. Contact a Fish and Wildlife office for more information or go to mywildalberta.com.

Mandatory Suspended Hunter Requirements
A person whose right to hold a recreational hunting licence has been suspended in Alberta as a result of a conviction is required to complete the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education course available at Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association (AHEIA), either online or in person. This course must be taken after the beginning of the suspension period. The course is intended to increase outdoor safety, awareness, skills and efficiency and to develop responsible attitudes in the field. Individuals can contact AHEIA for information on completing the course. Participants will be responsible for course and material costs.

Draws for Special Licences
When demand for hunting opportunities becomes excessive, season length and bag limits are often insufficient to conserve a game resource or to ensure a quality hunting experience. In such cases, the Fish and Wildlife conducts lotteries or draws among eligible applicants for a limited number of special licences. Special licences allow successful applicants to hunt a specific type of game (e.g., antlerless elk) in defined areas during a specified season.

Only residents and, to a lesser extent, non-residents (Canadian) are eligible to apply in these draws. A non-refundable $3.65 (plus GST) levy is charged for each application or group of applicants (maximum of four) for the same draw. This levy goes to the Alberta Conservation Association for programs. Although draws are used for specific wildlife management purposes (e.g., the goal in antlered mule deer draw areas is to develop a more balanced age structure in the herd by controlling the kill of bucks), other benefits include improved hunter success, increased opportunity to harvest a trophy animal, a more pleasant hunting experience with lower hunter densities, reduced disturbance of landowners, and a better distribution of the harvest.

Draw Application Deadline Dates - Hunters interested in special licence hunts for fall 2020 must have applied by June 18. Refer to the 2020 Alberta Hunting Draws Booklet for more information on draws.

Undersubscribed Licences are special licences leftover following the draw. These opportunities go on sale August 1st each year – visit albertarelm.com for more information.

Draw Results - Beginning July 7, draw results are available online at albertarelm.com. Results for antelope and goat draws are available August 7.

Landowner Special Licence
A person who qualifies may be eligible to obtain a special licence after having been unsuccessful in some draws. Availability of Landowner Special Licences may be limited or not available at all for some species in certain WMUs. Those available will be issued to eligible persons on a first-come, first-served basis. For details on eligibility and the application process, please consult the 2020 Alberta Hunting Draws booklet.

Partner Licence
The following Partner Licences are available:
1. A resident holder of an Antlerless Moose Special Licence has the option of designating one eligible resident hunter (adul, youth or senior) to be a partner on the Special Licence, thereby allowing the designated hunter to obtain a Special Antlerless Moose Partner Licence.

2. A resident holder of an Antlered Moose Special Licence has the option of designating one eligible hunter, either a resident (adult or youth) or a non-resident (Canadian) (adult, youth or senior), to be a partner on the Special Licence, thereby allowing the designated hunter to obtain a Special Antlered Moose Partner Licence. To qualify for a Partner Licence in a particular WMU, the non-resident (Canadian) must have been eligible to apply for the Special Licence in that WMU.
A non-resident (Canadian) holder of an Antlered Moose Special Licence obtained through the draw process has the option of designating one eligible resident (adult, youth or senior) hunter to be a partner on the Special Licence, thereby allowing the designated hunter to obtain a Special Antlered Moose Partner Licence.

3. Resident hunters successful in drawing a Special Licence in any of the other Draws may designate one eligible resident youth (12 to 17 years of age) or senior (65 years of age and over) to be a partner on their Special Licence.

Rules for all Partners – A designated partner does not need any priority to qualify for a partner licence, does not need to have applied on the draw, and the purchase of the partner licence will not affect any existing priority of the partner. The intended partner must be eligible to hold a hunting licence. See below for information regarding licence combinations and restrictions. The primary licensee may designate a partner at any time until the end of the season for which the Special Licence is valid. The designated partner hunts under the authority of the special licence and must be in direct communication (not including the use of any electronic devices) with the primary special licence holder while hunting to ensure that both stop hunting once the tag(s) are filled. The two hunters hunt as one.

The primary licensee must carry the tag(s) issued with the special licence and must tag the animal as soon as there is a kill. The primary licensee may hunt without the partner, but not vice versa.

To Designate a Partner – The Partner Licence is available online at albertarelm.com or at any licence issuer. The intended partner must provide the licence issuer with the number of the Special Licence held by the primary hunter along with his or her own WiN. The Special Licence number authorizes the licensing system to issue a partner licence that is linked to the Special Licence. The intended partner may then purchase a Wildlife Certificate and the appropriate Partner Licence. If the intended partner is a non-resident, he/she must be accompanied by a licensed Hunter Host while hunting. The Partner Licence is valid for the same WMU and season as the Special Licence. No tag is issued with the Partner Licence.


Outfitting and Guiding Requirements for Non-Residents (Canadian) and Non-Resident Aliens

(Click here to view Definitions)

There is no requirement for non-resident (Canadian) and non-resident alien game bird hunters to contract their game bird hunts through a Bird Game Outfitter. They may hunt game birds without an outfitter, a guide or Hunter Host. However, those who do choose to hire an outfitter for such a hunt must do so through the holder of a valid Bird Game Outfitter Permit and must purchase an $8.25 Outfitted Game Bird Licence.

In this section, the term “accompany” or “accompanied” means that the persons involved are close enough to each other to easily facilitate verbal communications without the need for electronic devices. It is acceptable, however, for the hunter to be placed in a stand location by the guide or hunter host, if they remain at that same location to be picked up later the same day.

Non-resident (Canadian) and Non-resident Alien hunters of big game, wolf and coyote must be accompanied by a licensed guide or a Hunter Host. Each of these hunters has two options:

  1. may contract the holder of a valid Big Game Outfitter Permit, be guided by a Big Game Designated Guide, and hunt under the authority of a licence allocated to an outfitter (for information on outfitters, contact the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society at apos.ab.ca), OR
  2. may be hosted by a Hunter Host (see below) - usually a relative or friend - and hunt according to the following restrictions and conditions:
    • Non-resident Aliens may hunt with a Hunter Host only if they have not done so in the previous two (2) fiscal years (April 1 - March 31).
    • Non-residents (Canadian) and Non-resident Aliens are limited to certain licences as indicated in the Licence Availability section (click here for details).
    • Non-resident Aliens hosted by Hunter Hosts may hunt big game only during seasons that do not require one of the special licences, obtained through a draw, indicated by a ■ in the Big Games Seasons (WMUs) section or listed under Additional Special Licence Draw Hunts.
    • A Non-resident Alien and his or her intended Hunter Host must apply at a Fish and Wildlife office for their licences and make a statutory declaration that he or she understands the terms and conditions of the licences (Scroll down to view Hunter Host Licence). The application process can take up to 10 days to complete.
    • A Non-resident Alien must not hunt bighorn sheep, cougar or trophy antelope while accompanied by a Hunter Host.
    • Further Restrictions for Non-resident Aliens Who are Not Relatives of the Hunter Host or the Hunter Host's Spouse
      • Relatives are defined as father, brother, son, uncle, nephew, grandfather, grandson, son-in-law, brother-in-law (and female equivalents) of the Hunter Host or spouse of the Hunter Host.
      • The Non-resident Alien and intended Hunter Host, if not related, must initiate an application at a Fish and Wildlife office for their licences, described above, by August 31 of the licence year, or by the following February 28 for the spring black bear hunt.
      • The Non-resident Alien may apply to hunt only two (2) species of big game and wolf/coyote.

A Hunter Host

  • Must be an adult resident, and be eligible to hold recreational hunting licences.
  • Must be the holder of a valid WiN and Hunter Host Licence (below).
  • may not provide services for gain or reward, or accept remuneration, directly or indirectly, for such services.
  • may host a maximum of two (2) hunters/year, either Non-residents (Canadian), Non-resident Aliens or a combination thereof. If hosting 2 Non-resident Aliens, at least 1 must be a relative.
  • may host Non-resident Aliens only if the host has not hosted a Non-resident Alien in the previous two (2) fiscal years (April 1 to March 31).
  • must report to the Fish and Wildlife office by December 31 in the year of harvest all hunting activities by the Non-resident Aliens he or she hosted. A report must be submitted even if the hunter doesn’t harvest an animal.
  • must accompany the hunter(s) named on his or her Hunter Host Licence while they are hunting big game under the authority of the Hunter Host Licence.

Hunter Host Licence
A resident who wishes to be a Hunter Host may purchase a Hunter Host Licence online at albertarelm.com or at any licence issuer. You must have the WiN(s) of the non-resident(s) at the time of purchase. You must ensure that the hunters you host are named on your Hunter Host Licence. If you purchase your Hunter Host licence naming one hunter and you decide to add a second hunter to your licence at a later date, you can do so at no additional charge. Return to albertarelm.com or to a licence issuer to have your licence amended. Once you have purchased your Hunter Host Licence, the hunters may purchase their licences.

A Hunter Host who plans to take a non-resident alien hunting must do the following:

  1. Contact a Fish and Wildlife office and initiate an application (including statutory declaration). Sign it and have your signature sworn. 
  2. Have the Non-resident Alien sign the application including statutory declaration) and have his or her signature sworn.If the Non-resident Alien does not have a WiN, have them complete a WiN profile online at this time.
  3. Take the completed application to a Fish and Wildlife office. The application will be reviewed for final approval and keyed into the automated licensing system.
  4. Once application is approved, go online at albertarelm.com or to any licence issuer and purchase your Hunter Host Licence (see above) and the appropriate Wildlife Certificate and licences. 

Resident Licence Costs and Combinations (Big Game)

NOTE: The 5% federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not included in the costs listed below.

Prior to purchasing any licence, each hunter must possess a valid WiN (scroll up for more information regarding the WiN - Wildlife Identification Number) and a Wildlife Certificate which costs $28.22 (or $8.30 for a Resident Youth/Senior Wildlife Certificate - scroll up for more information). Hunters wishing to hunt with a bow and arrow must also purchase a Bowhunting Permit (not required for hunting with a cross-bow).

Licence Price ($) Restrictions Applying to the Species Maximum Licences Allowed Per Hunter
White-tailed Deer 39.95 A Resident Adult may obtain only one of the first two licences.

A Resident Youth/Senior may obtain only one of the last three licences.
A Resident Adult or Youth may obtain four different licences from this list of 25, but not more than one licence from this list for any one species.
Antlered White-tailed Deer Special Licence 39.95
Youth/Senior White-tailed Deer 8.25
Special Antlered White-tailed Deer Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Mule Deer 39.95 A Resident Adult may obtain only one of the first two licences.

A Resident Senior may obtain only one of the four licences, excluding the Youth licence.

A Resident Youth may obtain only one of the last three licences.
Antlered Mule Deer Special Licence 39.95
Youth Mule Deer 8.25
Special Antlered Mule Deer Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Elk 39.95 A Resident Adult may obtain only one of the first six licences.

A Resident Youth/Senior may obtain only one of these 10 licences.
WMU 300 Elk Special Licence 39.95
Either Sex Elk Special Licence 39.95
Cypress Hills Elk Archery1 39.95
Antlerless Elk Special Licence 39.95
Antlered Elk Special Licence 39.95
Special WMU 300 Elk Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Special Either Sex Elk Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Special Antlerless Elk Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Special Antlered Elk Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Moose (Archery) 44.95 A Resident Adult may obtain only one of the first six licences.

A Resident Youth/Senior may obtain only one of these seven licences.
Antlerless Moose Special Licence 44.95
Antlered Moose Special Licence 44.95
Calf Moose Special Licence 44.95
Special Antlerless Moose Partner Licence 12.00
Special Antlered Moose Partner Licence 12.00
Special Calf Moose Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Trophy Sheep 59.95 A Resident who killed a sheep, except a legal non-trophy sheep, in 2019 may not purchase a Trophy Sheep Licence in 2020. A Resident Adult may obtain only one of the first six licences.

A Resident Youth/Senior may obtain only one of these 11 licences.
WMU 408  Trophy Sheep Special Licence 59.95
WMU 410 Trophy Sheep Special Licence 59.95
WMU 437 Trophy Sheep Special Licence 59.95
WMU 438 Trophy Sheep Special Licence 59.95
WMU 444/446 Trophy Sheep Special Licence 59.95
Special WMU 408 Trophy Sheep Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Special WMU 410 Trophy Sheep Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Special WMU 437 Trophy Sheep Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Special WMU 438 Trophy Sheep Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Special WMU 444/446 Trophy Sheep Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Non-trophy Sheep Special Licence 29.95 A Resident Youth/Senior may obtain only one of these two licences. A Resident Adult may obtain one of each of these 16 licences (excluding the Youth licences).

A Resident Youth may obtain 16 different licences from this list of 23, but not more than one licence from this list for any one species.
Special Non-trophy Sheep Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Antlerless White-tailed Deer Special Licence 18.70 A Resident Youth/Senior may obtain only one of these two licences.
Special Antlerless White-tailed Deer Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Supplemental Antlerless White-tailed Deer 2 19.15  
Strathcona White-tailed Deer 18.70
Foothills Deer 3 18.70
Antlerless Mule Deer Special Licence
(issued to a youth)
21.20
(8.25)
A Resident Youth may obtain only one of these two licences.
Special Antlerless Mule Deer Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Antlerless Deer (WMUs 212 & 248) 10.70  
Camp Wainwright Deer Special Licence 39.95 A Resident Youth/Senior may obtain only one of these two licences.
Special Camp Wainwright Deer Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
WMU 212 Antlerless Elk Archery 18.95  
WMU 212 Antlerless Elk Special Licence 39.95 A Resident Youth/Senior may obtain only one of these two licences.
Special WMU 212 Antlerless Elk Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Black Bear 20.65  
Supplemental Black Bear4 20.65
Youth Black Bear Licence 8.25
Cougar 20.31  
Goat Special Licence5 59.95 A Resident Youth/Senior may obtain only one of these two licences.
Special Goat Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Antelope Archery Special Licence 59.95 None A Resident Adult may obtain only one of the first three licences.

A Resident Youth/Senior may obtain only one of these six licences.
Non-trophy Antelope Special Licence 29.95
Trophy Antelope Special Licence 59.95
Special Antelope Archery Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Special Non-trophy Antelope Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Special Trophy Antelope Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Game Bird 15.80 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Outfitted Game Bird Licence 8.25
Pheasant 22.38
Merriam's Turkey Special Licence 29.95 A Resident Youth/Senior may obtain only one of these two licences.  
Special Merriam's Turkey Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 12.00
Bowhunting Permit (not required for cross-bows) 9.20 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Hunter Host Licence 27.00
WiN Activation 8.00
Physical WiN Card 3.00
Licence Reprint6 2.00
Tag Replacement7 11.00
  1. This licence is only valid during the Cypress Hills Elk Archery Licence season, Sept. 1 - Oct. 15; WMU 116, 118 and 119.
  2. The Supplemental Antlerless White-tailed Deer Licence is issued with two tags. The FIRST tag issued with the licence (but NOT the second tag) is valid for tagging a deer hunted in one of the following WMUs: 310-314, 337, 346-349, 351, 352, 354, 356, 357, 360, 500-510, 521, 523, 526, 527, 535 and 537. Both tags are valid for tagging a deer(s) hunted in any of the following WMUs: 350, 353, 355, 440-446, 511, 512, 515-520, 524, 525, 528-531, 534, 536, 539-542 and 544.
  3. When hunting under the authority of this licence, valid in WMU 212 only, hunters must carry written permission to hunt from a landowner involved.
  4. This licence is only valid in the following WMUs where 2 black bear licences may be used: 224, 250, 258, 260, 320-360, 429, 445, 500-544 and 841.
  5. As of 2002, drawn applicants cannot reapply in future years (once-in-a-lifetime opportunity).
  6. All purchased licences can be reprinted either at a licence issuer for a $2.00 fee or online at no charge.
  7. You are required to bring your licence and identification to a licence issuer and obtain the authorization for the tag replacement. $11.00 fee is applicable per licence.

NOTE: Special Licences (listed above) are available only through draws which occurred in June of this year. Please refer to the 2021 Alberta Hunting Draws booklet available in June 2021 for information on how to apply in these draws next year.


Non-Resident (Canadian) Licence Availability

All Non-resident hunters of big game, wolf or coyote require a Big Game Designated Guide or a Hunter Host. Scroll up to view Outfitting and Guiding Requirements.

Non-residents who hunt with a Hunter Host may obtain White-tailed Deer, Antlered Mule Deer, Antlered Moose, Antlered Elk, Black Bear, Supplemental Black Bear, Cougar, and Wolf/Coyote Licences (see table below) from private licence issuers or online at albertarelm.ca. Some special licences may be obtained through the draw system that are described in the 2020 Alberta Hunting Draws booklet which was made available in June 2020.

Non-residents contracting a hunt with a Big Game Outfitter-guide may obtain Special Licences by using an allocation, available from their outfitter. Wolf/Coyote licences can be purchased without an allocation. Non-residents using the services of an outfitter must be guided by a Big Game Designated Guide. These licences are only available at licence issuers.


Non-Resident (Canadian) Licence Costs and Combinations

NOTE: The 5% federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not included in the costs listed below.

Prior to purchasing any licence, each hunter must possess a valid WiN (scroll up for more information regarding the WiN - Wildlife Identification Number) and a Wildlife Certificate, which costs $28.22. Hunters wishing to hunt with a bow and arrow must also purchase a Bowhunting Permit (not required for hunting with a cross-bow).

All special licences shown in the following table are available through a Big Game Outfitter. Some are also available through the draw system.

Licence Price
($)
Restrictions Applying to the Species Maximum Licences Allowed Per Hunter
White-tailed Deer 132.24 A Non-resident may obtain only one of these two licences. A Non-resident may obtain four different licences from this list of nine, but not more than one licence for any one species.
Antlered White-tailed Deer Special Licence 1 132.24
Antlered Mule Deer 132.24 A Non-resident may obtain only one of these two licences.
Antlered Mule Deer Special Licence 1 132.24
Antlered Elk 154.66 A Non-resident may obtain only one of these two licences.
Antlered Elk Special Licence 1 154.66
Antlered Moose (Archery) 164.60 A Non-resident may obtain only one of these three licences.
Antlered Moose Special Licence 1 164.60
Special Antlered Moose Partner Licence 44.00
Trophy Sheep Special Licence 1,2 366.45 A Non-resident who killed a sheep in 2019 may not purchase a Trophy Sheep Special Licence in 2020. A Non-resident may obtain one of each licence from this list of three.
Wolf/Coyote 12.40 See 2020 Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations for dates and restrictions.
Trophy Antelope Special Licence 3 213.10 None.
Black Bear Licence 83.90 A Non-resident accompanied by a Hunter Host may obtain both of these Licences. A Non-resident may obtain one of each licence from this list of two. However, Non-residents purchasing one of these two licences may not purchase a Black Bear Special Licence.
Supplemental Black Bear Licence 4 83.90
Black Bear Special Licence 5 83.90 Non-residents must purchase this licence through an outfitter. Non-residents purchasing this licence may not purchase a Black Bear Licence or a Supplemental Black Bear Licence.
Cougar 135.31 Not Applicable
One licence only from this list of two.
Cougar Special Licence 135.31
Game Bird 65.51 Not Applicable. Not Applicable.
Outfitted Game Bird Licence 11.00
Pheasant 32.91
Bowhunting Permit (not required for cross-bows) 16.45
WiN Activation 8.00
Physical WiN Card 3.00
Licence Reprint 6 2.00
Tag Replacement 7 11.00
  1. These licences are available through the draw system or through an outfitter. Please refer to the sections that deal with Non-resident (Canadian) Licence Availability (page 22) and Outfitting and Guiding Requirements (page 18).
  2. Non-resident Trophy Sheep Special Licences are available through Class S Outfitters or through a draw. Only 2 licences are available through a draw, and each hunter successful in the draw must be accompanied by a Hunter Host.
  3. Non-resident Trophy Antelope Special Licences are available through an outfitter or through a draw. Please refer to the sections that deal with Non-resident (Canadian) Licence Availability (page 22) and Outfitting and Guiding Requirements (page 18).
  4. This licence is valid only in the following WMUs where 2 black bear licences may be used: 224, 250, 258, 260, 320-360, 429, 445, 500-544 and 841. Please see page 56 for more information.
  5. These licences are valid for 2 black bears if the outfitter’s allocation is valid for a WMU where the Supplemental Black Bear Licence is valid (i.e., 2-bear areas).
  6. All purchased licences can be reprinted either at a licence issuer for a $2.00 fee or online at no charge.
  7. You are required to bring your licence and identification to a licence issuer and obtain the authorization for the tag replacement. $11.00 fee is applicable per licence. 

Non-Resident Alien Licence Availability

All Non-resident Alien hunters of big game, wolf or coyote require either a Big Game Designated Guide or a Hunter Host. See Outfitting and Guiding Requirements.

Non-resident Aliens who hunt with a Hunter Host may obtain Antlered White-tailed Deer, Antlered Mule Deer, Antlered Moose, Antlered Elk, Black Bear Special Licences and Wolf/Coyote Licences (see table below) online at albertarelm.com or at any licence issuers. See Outfitting and Guiding Requirements for a summary of the circumstances under which these licences may be used and the limitations that apply.

Non-resident Aliens contracting a hunt with a Big Game Outfitter must obtain Special Licences by using an allocation, available from their outfitter. Wolf/Coyote licences can be purchased without an allocation. Non-resident Aliens using the services of an outfitter must be guided by a Big Game Designated Guide. These licences are only available at licence issuers.


Non-Resident Alien Licence Costs and Combinations

NOTE: The 5% federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not included in the costs listed below.

Prior to purchasing any licence, each hunter must possess a valid WiN (scroll up for more information regarding the WiN - Wildlife Identification Number) and a Non-Resident Alien Wildlife Certificate, which costs $68.22. Hunters wishing to hunt with a bow and arrow must also purchase a Bowhunting Permit (not required for hunting with a cross-bow).

Licence Price
($)
Restrictions Applying
to the Species
Maximum Licences
Allowed Per Hunter
Antlered White-tailed Deer Special Licence 203.84 1 None A Non-resident Alien may obtain one of each licence from this list of nine.
Antlered Mule Deer Special Licence 203.84 1
Antlered Elk Special Licenc 291.43 1
Antlered Moose Special Licence 310.30 1
Black Bear Special Licence 2 105.02 1
Trophy Sheep Special Licence 3 366.45 1 A Non-resident Alien who killed a sheep in 2019 may not purchase a Trophy Sheep Special Licence in 2020.
Cougar Special Licence 3 254.97 1 None
Wolf/Coyote Licence 12.40 1 Click here for Other Species and more information.
Trophy Antelope Special Licence 3 253.02 1 None
Game Bird 105.50 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Outfitted Game Bird Licence 11.00
Pheasant 32.91
Bowhunting Permit (not required for cross-bows) 23.20
WiN Activation 8.00
Physical WiN Card 3.00
Licence Reprint 4 2.00
Tag Replacement 5 11.00
  1. If purchased through an outfitter, an additional service fee is charged.
  2. This licence is valid for 2 black bears where the Resident and Non-resident (Canadian) Supplemental Black Bear Licences are valid (2-bear areas).
  3. Trophy Sheep, Cougar and Trophy Antelope Special Licences are available to Non-resident Aliens only through an outfitter.
  4. All purchased licences can be reprinted either at a licence issuer for a $2.00 fee or online at no charge.
  5. You are required to bring your licence and identification to a licence issuer and obtain the authorization for the tag replacement. You will receive a tag replacement, replacement licence and new tag(s) for a $11.00 fee. 

Game Bird Licences

Resident game bird hunters require a WiN card and a Wildlife Certificate and:

  • a Game Bird Licence to hunt grouse, partridge and ptarmigan;
  • a Game Bird Licence and a Pheasant Licence to hunt pheasant;
  • a Game Bird Licence and a Federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit to hunt waterfowl;
  • a Merriam’s Turkey Special Licence and a Game Bird Licence to hunt Merriam’s turkey. (NOTE: Merriam’s Turkey Special Licences are available only through a draw. Click here for more information.)
  • an outfitted game bird licence is required to hunt game birds using the services of an outfitter.

Non-resident (Canadian) game bird hunters require a WiN card and a Wildlife Certificate and:

  • a Game Bird Licence to hunt grouse, partridge and ptarmigan;
  • a Game Bird Licence and a Pheasant Licence to hunt pheasant.
  • a Game Bird Licence and a Federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit to hunt waterfowl.
  • an outfitted game bird licence is required to hunt game birds using the services of an outfitter.

Non-resident Alien game bird hunters require a WiN card and a Non-Resident Alien Wildlife Certificate and:

  • a Game Bird Licence to hunt grouse, partridge and ptarmigan;
  • a Game Bird and Pheasant Licence to hunt pheasant;
  • a Game Bird Licence and a Federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit to hunt waterfowl.
  • an outfitted game bird licence is required to hunt game birds using the services of an outfitter.

NOTE: The 5% federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not included in the costs listed below.
Prior to purchasing any licence, each hunter must possess a valid WiN (scroll up for more information regarding the WiN - Wildlife Identification Number) and a Wildlife Certificate. The Wildlife Certificate costs $28.22 or $68.22 for a Non-Resident Alien Wildlife Certificate or $8.30 for a Resident Youth/Senior Wildlife Certificate (scroll up for more information). Hunters wishing to hunt with a bow and arrow (but not a cross-bow) must also purchase a Bowhunting Permit.

Licence Costs

Game Bird Licence Price ($)
Resident Non-resident
(Canadian)
Non-resident
Alien
Game Bird 15.80 65.51 105.50
Pheasant 22.38 32.91 32.91
Merriam's Turkey Special Licence 1,2 29.95 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Special Merriam's Turkey Partner Licence (Youth/Senior) 1 12.00 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Bowhunting Permit 9.20 16.45 23.20
WiN Renewal 8.00 8.00 8.00
Licence Reprint 4 2.00 2.00 2.00
Federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit 3 17.00 17.00 17.00
Outfitted Game Bird Licence 8.25 8.25 8.25
  1. A Resident Youth may obtain only 1 of these 2 licences.
  2. Available only through a draw (click here to view Merriam's Turkey Draw).
  3. Available at Post Offices, certain private licence issuers or ordered online at www.permis-permits.ec.gc.ca.
  4. All purchased licences can be reprinted either at a licence issuer for a $2.00 fee or online at no charge.