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Alberta Hunter Education

The goal of Conservation Education is to “increase the level of public committment to wildlife and fisheries conservation”. We are proud to provide education services for Conservation Education, Youth Programs and Firearms Safety.

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Hunter Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to apply for my hunting licence?

All first time hunters in the province of Alberta must complete the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education course or an equivalent hunter education program. You must be at least 12 years old to be eligible to apply for hunting licenses in Alberta.

How does the new Firearms Legislation apply to me?

You can find information at the Canadian Firearms Centre. You can find more general information at the Canadian Department of Justice.

Where can I take the Canadian Firearms Safety Training Course?

There are certified instructors located throughout the province. You can also contact any Conservation Education Centre for Excellence to see when the next course will be conducted by A.H.E.I.A. volunteers. You can find more general information at the Canadian Department of Justice.

What is a WIN Card?

A WIN card is a Wildlife Identification Number (WIN) card. WIN Cards have been assigned to all hunters in Alberta since 1990. That number was attached to all of your hunting licence information. The new WIN card is similar to a credit card. It contains all your hunting and fishing licence data on it, and you must possess a WIN card before you can purchase hunting or fishing licences in the province of Alberta.

Where can I purchase my WIN card and licences?

WIN cards and licences can be purchased at private vendors throughout the province. They are also available at one of the A.H.E.I.A. offices: 911 Sylvester Crescent S.W. Calgary, AB - or - #88, 4003 - 98 St. Edmonton, AB

Where can I access equipment and materials for my Conservation Education Courses?

Materials and equipment for Conservation Education courses can be ordered through the Edmonton Conservation Education Centre for Excellence by phone at (780) 466-6682, or by fax at (780) 431-2871.

What is involved in becoming a volunteer Conservation Education instructor?

Anyone wishing to become a Conservation Education instructor should possess a strong personal interest and knowledge of the outdoors. Instructors are required to complete a variety of training courses, and are encouraged to work with other instructors in their area until they feel comfortable with the course curriculum.

What are the benefits of being an A.H.E.I.A. member?

Your membership in A.H.E.I.A. provides you with priority access to all Conservation Education equipment and support materials. It also provides priority access to Conservation Education facilities for courses, camps, and other activities. Most importantly, membership provides opportunity for friendship and camaraderie with other instructors through various activities and functions. Most impressive is the $5,000,000.00 general liability insurance policy for instructors. For more information, visit the members section.

What other organizations can I contact for information?

Please see our Links section for other organizations.

Hunting and Conservation have always gone hand in hand. Hunter Education is a vital contributor to wise conservation practices today, tomorrow and the future. AHEIA is doing a wonderful job and will continue to do so. I thank you all for that.

- Jim Dougherty (June 12, 2002)

Working together, our organizations can have a positive impact on the future of hunting, fishing and habitat. Congratulations to the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association Volunteers and keep up the great work!

- Gerry Kaumeyer (Pheasants Forever, Calgary Chapter)

AHEIA continues to do positive and pro-active work bringing on the next generation of Conservationists. Congratulations to all the Volunteer Instructors and keep up the great work!

- Dave Powell (Alberta Fish and Game Association)

Volunteers play an integral role and I truly appreciate your efforts to educate residents about our connection with the outdoors, and the importance of conserving Alberta’s fish and wildlife resources. Importantly, your leadership helps inspire more stewards of our natural resources.

- The Honourable David C. Coutts, Minister, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (January 2006)

The Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association is clearly committed to conservation education and is known for its strong volunteer spirit. Albertans benefit from your values and knowledge and generations to come will appreciate your efforts.

- The Honourable Ralph Klein, Feb 11, 2006, Premier of Alberta

You are among the finest stewards of land in Alberta. Your work over 45 years has ensured the youth of the province continue to play an active role in conserving Alberta’s fish and wildlife resources. Your assistance in establishing Provincial Hunting Day as an annual event is appreciated.

- The Honourable Ted Morton, Feb 2008, Minister, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

Alberta has benefited from 45 years of conservation education. More than 55,000 students took part in this program in 2008, and each year that number grows. With more than one million students since the program began, it is difficult to find a hunter in Alberta who has not been positively influenced by your conservation education programs.

- The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, Feb 14, 2009

…this program is much more than a course on safe hunting practices. Course participants not only learn about conservation, they also become ambassadors, passing on knowledge and passion to their children, parents, friends and neighbors. For that and the many other contributions your organization makes to the quality of life in our Province, I thank you.

- The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, Feb 6, 2010

I would like to thank the many volunteers in your organization who generously give of their time and wisdom. They are to be commended for their dedication, stewardship of our resources, and for being positive role models in the lives of others.

- The Honourable Mel Knight, Minister Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Feb 2010

My thanks to all of you for being ambassadors and educators in this great province.

- The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, February 5th, 2011

You reached a major milestone in in the one-millionth graduate of the Alberta Hunter Education program. Continued excellence is demonstrated by those involved in your organization that pass on their knowledge and passion to the next generation of hunters, anglers and trappers.

- The Honourable Frank Oberle, Minister, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, January 2012

Everyone involved with your wonderful organization has helped make Alberta a better place by inspiring and educating the next generation. For that, the Government of Alberta thanks you.

- The Honourable Allison M.Redford, QC, Premier of Alberta, Feb 11, 2012

Thanks for your dedication and hard work. It is no surprise that the number of hunters continues to increase in Alberta, bucking trends in other jurisdictions. You should be proud of this accomplishment.

- The Honourable Diana McQueen, Minister, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, January 2012

While hunting is a hobby for some, it is a way of life for others. Hunting is a life-skill and we must ensure the new generation of hunters is adept, responsible and knowledgeable. Thanks to the thousands of hunter educators across Alberta, our new hunters are well informed and will continue the tradition in good stead.

- The Honourable Robin Campbell, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, February 2014

You have inspired many Albertans by sharing your passion for our natural resources and leading by example. Together with Albertans like you, I know we can protect our natural legacy for future generations.

- The Honourable Alison M. Redford, QC, Premier of Alberta, February 9, 2013

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of conservation education across our province. I am pleased to note that more than 1.6 million Albertans have enrolled in conservation education programs, which are provided by more than 3200 volunteers.

- The Honourable Alison M. Redford, QC, Premier of Alberta , February 8, 2014

From the Outdoor Women’s Program, to instructor workshops, and Canadian Firearm Safety courses, the Association has consistently demonstrated its leadership on conservation education. The Association continues to offer the online Hunter Education, Kidwise Firearm Safety, and essential training including the very popular Archery Essentials and Bear Essentials. All of these components add up to a strong and resilient culture of conserving wildlife, which takes the continuous commitment of each and every participant.

- The Honourable Kyle Fawcett, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, February 7, 2015

The efforts of the association and its hard-working members play a crucial role in forging a culture of responsible and ethical hunting and fishing. As Albertans we look forward to many more years of successful conservation education programs, workshops, and activities.

- The Honourable Jim Prentice, Premier of Alberta, February 7th, 2015

I appreciate your outstanding role in helping ensure that Alberta’s proud hunting and fishing tradition continues to play an important role in our culture and communities. For more than half a century, your growing success has resulted in the most successful education program of its kind in North America.

- The Honourable Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta, February 6, 2016

Your dedication to educating Albertans about environmental stewardship and wildlife protection has created a legacy in the more than 1.8 million graduates of your programs. This year alone, the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association will reach almost 100,000 students Province wide through programs that teach all aspects of conservation education.

- The Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks, February 6, 2016