Alberta Hunting News

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Deer Population
Alberta's ongoing chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance effort has identified the disease in a wild mule deer about 30 kilometres southeast of Oyen, Alberta. The case was confirmed today by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Hunting Licenses go on Sale August 1st
August 1 is one of the most important dates on a hunter's calendar-hunting licence sales begin in Alberta and the 2005 Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations will be available.
Action Taken to Reduce Disease Risk in Wild Deer
Wild deer herds will be culled in a small area near Alberta-Saskatchewan border. The Alberta government will cull deer near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, following evidence that chronic wasting disease (CWD) has become established in wild deer at nearby locations in Saskatchewan.
Limited Grizzly Bear Hunt Set for 2005
Following a review of last year's grizzly bear hunt and other data, the Alberta government has decided that the same conservative approach will be in place for this year's hunt. Hunting licences will be issued through a random draw. The licences will be in effect from April 1 to May 15 (May 31 in the far north). They are limited to Alberta residents.
Annual Deer & Elk Disease Survey
The annual survey of wild deer and elk for chronic wasting disease continues for the 2004 hunting season in three target areas: central, eastern and southeastern Alberta. The Province is continuing a regular survey to check for the disease in elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. Alberta hunters can provide significant help by supplying the heads of these animals for analysis to Fish and Wildlife offices or to 24-hour freezers set up in and near the target areas.
AFGA Reconfirms Support for Grizzly Bear Hunt
With much discussion surrounding grizzly bears, including a recommendation to list them as a threatened species, which would mean no more hunting for the species in Alberta, the AFGA reconfirms its position that the very limited entry hunt should be continued.
2004 Grizzly Bear Hunt App Available
A total of 73 licences will be issued for this spring’s hunt. As all hunters know, these licences provide hunting opportunities only. Only a fraction of hunters are expected to be successful in harvesting a bear—it’s hard to find them at any time.
Mountain Goat Management Plan
The wildlife management plan for mountain goats in Alberta is the newest plan to be added for provincial managers. The plan provides the story of how the Alberta goat population has grown following low numbers in the late 1960s to 1980s. Careful management and techniques like transplants have boosted the numbers of goats, so that this highly sought-after species now provides some opportunities for keen goat hunters.
Bighorn Country Advisory
Hunters, please note that portions or all of the following Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) are within the Bighorn Backcountry: 416, 418, 420, 422, 426, 428, 430, 432, and 434. While hunting in these WMUs, please ensure you are following the regulations for motorized vehicle use within the Bighorn Backcountry. For more information, please see the Bighorn Backcountry web site.
2003 CWD Survey
The 2003 annual survey for CWD is targetting Wildlife Management Units in central and eastern Alberta only. A poster has been distributed to licence vendors and other outlets around the province, and particularly in the target areas. Hunters in these areas are asked to drop off mature elk or deer heads (NOT calves or fawns) at any district office of the Fish and Wildlife Division, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development during business hours.