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Hunting Guide and Outfitter-Guide

Hunting guides and outfitter-guides plan, organize and lead hunting trips, and ensure members of the group follow hunting regulations.


Alberta Professional Outfitters Society
103, 6030 - 88 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6E 6G4
Phone number: 780-414-0249
Fax number: 780-465-6801


Under Alberta's Wildlife Act and Wildlife Regulation, you must hold a guide (big game or bird game) designation or an outfitter-guide (big game or bird game) permit from the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society (APOS) to organize and lead hunting trips for pay or gain. Only outfitter-guide permit holders may own game allocations or contract with clients for hunting.

What You Need

To obtain a guide designation, you must: (1) be a Canadian citizen or entitled to work in Canada, (2) be employed by an outfitter in Alberta, and (3) submit a letter of recommendation to APOS from your employer.

To obtain an outfitter-guide permit, you must: (1) have held a big game guide designation or a bird game guide designation for 1 year, and (2) provide proof of $5 million general liability insurance and a $10,000 deposit indemnity bond. Big game outfitters also must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Outfitters must own or lease game allocations and have business related licenses.

Working in Alberta

Guides and outfitters who are licensed by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for licensing in Alberta if guides and outfitters in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

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