Alberta Professional Outfitters Society

Outfitting in Alberta

Becoming An Outfitter

Becoming an Outfitter

STEPS TO BECOMING AN OUTFITTER

Big Game Outfitter-Guide Permit Application (fillable PDF

Bird Game Outfitter Guide Permit Application (fillable PDF)

A guide provides direction, assistance or expertise about hunting and jurisdictional regulations pertaining to big game and migratory birds.

An outfitter-guide contracts hunters, provides or organizes the services of a guide, equipment and possibly accommodation for their hunting clients and is responsible for the actions of guides who are in his/her employ and direction.

***Important Note***

You are not allowed to contract or advertise any hunts until after you have become a licensed outfitter and approved member of APOS.

Once approved by APOS, it may take up to 15 business days to be set up on Alberta ReLM and during that period you cannot hold or lease any allocations!

Outfitter-Guide Eligibility

There are three categories of outfitter-guide permits:

  • Class T – Big Game Permit
  • Bird Game Permits
  • Class S – Sheep Permits

In order to become an outfitter-guide in Alberta, you must:

  • Be an adult (18 years of age or older);
  • Complete an outfitter-guide permit application form
  • Provide evidence of a minimum deposit indemnity bond of $10,000 for contracted clients;
  • Provide evidence of a minimum general liability insurance of $5 million;
  • Pay all applicable fees;

Class T Big Game Outfitter-Guide

To become a Class T Big Game Outfitter-Guide in Alberta, you must:

  • Hold a big game guide’s designation;
  • Be an adult resident or non-resident who:
    • In the case of a non-resident, is a Canadian citizen or has been admitted to permanent residence in Canada; or
    • Is a business corporation or society where at least one current officer is an individual described above.

A Class T Big Game Outfitter-Guide is entitled to enter into a contract with a non-resident or non-resident alien for the provision of guiding services for big game (under an allocation) or wolf/coyote, with the exception of trophy sheep; apply for a licence on behalf of the contract hunter; and enter into a contract with a resident to provide guiding services respecting hunting big game specie, or wolf/coyote (excluding trophy sheep), that they are legally authorized to hunt.

Bird Game Outfitter-Guide

To become a Bird Game Outfitter-Guide in Alberta, you must:

  • Hold a bird game guide’s designation; and
  • Is a business corporation or society where at least one current officer is an individual described above.

A bird game outfitter-guide is entitled to enter into a contract with a non-resident or non-resident alien for the provision of guiding services for hunting game birds.

Class S (Sheep) Outfitter-Guide

To become a Class S Sheep Outfitter-Guide in Alberta, you must be an individual who:

  • Was an outfitter-guide on March 31, 1988;
  • Is the spouse or adult interdependent partner or child of an individual who was an outfitter-guide on that date, that individual now being deceased or incapacitated through injury or disease; or
  • Is approved by the Minister through special application*.

Alternatively, a Class S Big Game Outfitter-Guide Permit can be held by a business corporation or society where at least one current officer meets the criteria described above.

A Class S (Sheep) Outfitter-Guide is entitled to enter into a contract with a non-resident or non-resident alien for the provision of guided hunting services for big game (under an allocation) or wolf/coyote; apply for a licence on behalf of the contract hunter; and enter into a contract with a resident to provide guiding services respecting hunting big game species (or wolf/coyote) that they are legally authorized to hunt.

Fees

The annual fee for any class of outfitter-guide permit is $250 plus GST. The annual fee for a combination of two outfitter-guide permits (Class T or Class S with Bird Game) is $375 plus GST.

Renewals

Guide-outfitter permits must be renewed annually on or before March 31. You must maintain a current outfitter-guide permit in order to be operating in Alberta. There are three conditions to renewing your permit:

  • Completion of mandatory Activity Reporting by January 15 with the Government of Alberta;
  • Providing evidence of a minimum deposit indemnity bond of $10,000 for contracted clients and minimum general liability insurance of $5 million; and
  • Pay all fees associated with the renewal.

INSURANCE

HUB International offers a group plan to APOS members.

For more information contact:

Eric Moland, HUB International
PO Box 5296 Unit 1
5050 – 50 Avenue
Drayton Valley, AB  T7A 1R4
Phone:  (780) 542-3968 or Toll Free:  1-877-542-3968

Insurance application form and information package.

If you insure with any other carrier, APOS will require copies of the entire policy for each coverage before a permit will be issued.