Alberta’s outfitters were some of the earliest pioneers of the tourism industry in our province, with the first guided hunts taking clients into Alberta’s rugged backcountry in the late 1800s. Today our society represents 500 professional outfitters and nearly 1,600 hunting guides, creating a total economic contribution of $327 million to Alberta's gross domestic product. In 1997, the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society (APOS) was established as a delegated administrative organization (DAO) for the Government of Alberta. APOS’ delegated responsibilities include licensing the province’s guides and professional outfitters, managing the distribution of guided hunting allocations, and holding members accountable to a Code of Ethics. We provide members with competitive liability insurance, a voice within government, and advocacy on key issues.