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; and
- 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
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
- 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
- Hunting is prohibited in wilderness
- Wilderness areas preserve and protect natural heritage where
visitors are provided opportunities for non-consumptive,
nature-based outdoor recreation.
Provincial Parks and Provincial
- Provincial parks preserve natural heritage. They support
outdoor recreation, heritage tourism and natural heritage
appreciation activities that depend on and are compatible with
- 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
Firearms discharge permits are
required to hunt in ALL provincial parks and provincial recreation
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
- Hunting opportunities in wildland
- 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
- Wildland parks preserve and protect natural heritage and
provide opportunities for backcountry recreation.
- Hunting is permitted in Willmore Wilderness
- Use of off-highway vehicles and snowmobiles are
- 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
- Willmore Wilderness Park was established under its own
legislation in 1959. It is similar in intent to wildland
- Hunting is permitted in heritage rangelands but entry
is subject to grazing lease access
- Two heritage rangelands have been established in Alberta:
- These lands are cooperatively managed with Alberta
Environment & Sustainable Resource Development and grazing
- 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
- 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.
- Information and maps are available from Kananaskis Country Visitor Information
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