Becoming a Guide
A guide provides direction, assistance, or expertise about hunting and jurisdictional regulations relating to big game and migratory birds.
To become a big game or bird game guide in Alberta, you must:
- Be an adult (18 years of age or older);
- Have not had an Alberta Wildlife Act conviction in the last 3 years;
- Pay applicable fees ($25 per guide’s designation plus GST); AND
For big game, you must:
- Have the recommendation from an outfitter-guide for the initial application (or a guide’s designation in another Canadian province);
- Be a resident or a non-resident who is a Canadian citizen or is admitted to permanent residence in Canada, and is legal to be employed in Canada.
A big game guide is entitled to guide for gain or reward 1 or 2 non-resident or non-resident alien licence holders while hunting for big game or wolf/coyote that they are legally authorized to hunt under an allocated licence pursuant to a contract with an outfitter; or any number of resident licence holders while hunting animals they are legally authorized to hunt.
For bird game, you must:
- Provide proof that you are legally entitled to work in Canada.
Bird game guides are entitled to guide for gain or reward non-resident or non-resident alien licence holders while hunting for bird game that they are legally authorized to hunt under an allocated licence pursuant to a contract with an outfitter. For migratory birds, the guide must be employed by the holder of a big game outfitter-guide permit and privilege(s). They must have a bird addendum on their guide’s designation and carry it with them at all times, as it lists the Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) they are authorized to hunt in and the name of the outfitter-guide. The bird game guide must comply with the limitation on client hunter days.
Guides designations expire on March 31 each year and may be renewed at any time throughout the year.