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2023 Annual General Meeting

Sunday January 29, 2023 @ 3:00pm MST

This will be an in-person meeting at our Calgary Conservation Education Centre for Excellence, 911 Sylvester Crescent SW Calgary AB. Beverages and light snacks will be available. We hope to see you there!

Shotgun Coaching and Range Officer Workshop

Range Officer Certification Course

The Range Officer Certification will provide participants with training in various areas of the proper running and overseeing of any shooting range through a mixture of classroom and on-range training.

Topics Covered Include:
Suggested Safety Rules | Rules of Operation | Range Layout | Range Control and Commands | Basic Fundamentals of Marksmanship | Range Exercises | Official Scoring | Trap and Skeet Procedures | Firing Positions and Shooting Order | And Much More!
The Range Officer Certification Course is open to all current AHEIA members in good standing who assist with AHEA sanctioned events. All Participants must be 18 years of age and older, and possess a valid PAL. 

The first course is April 15, 2023, at the Alford Lake Conservation Education Center for Excellence, and the second is April 29, 2023, at the Calgary Firearms Centre.

Shotgun Coaching Workshop

The Shotgun Coaching Workshop will provide participants with training in numerous areas of shot gunning and how to be an effective coach through a mixture of classroom and on-range training.

Topics Covered Include:
Firearms and Range Safety | Fundamentals of Trap Shooting | Firearms Actions and Use | Proper Ammunition | Proper Firearms Fit | Styles of Shooting | Range Courtesy | Shotgun Nomenclature | Maintenance | Proper Coaching Techniques | And Much More!
The Shotgun Coach Workshop is open to all current AHEIA members including the general public. All participants must be 18 years of age and older, and possess a valid PAL. 

The first course is April 16, 2023, at the Alford Lake Conservation Education Center for Excellence, and the second is April 30, 2023, at the Calgary Firearms Centre.

Youth Hunter Education Camp

Due to the continued success and popularity of our Youth Hunter Education Camps, we hope to once again be offering four camps this summer! The Youth Hunter Education Camp is a five-day event of fun-filled learning activities. Experts share their knowledge and provide instruction in the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education Program, the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and much more.

The cost of the program includes lodging, breakfast, lunch and supper Monday through Thursday and breakfast on Friday. Also included is all instruction, course handbooks and testing for the various certifications as well as an A.H.E.I.A. camp t-shirt. Upon successful completion of the appropriate exams, students are certified in the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education Program and the Canadian Firearms Program. They then qualify to apply for their Wildlife Identification Number (WIN Card) and are able to apply for their Minors Permit for firearms.

Camp 1: Sunday, July 2 - Friday, July 7, 2023 
Camp 2: Sunday, July 9 - Friday, July 14, 2023
Camp 3: Sunday, July 16 - Friday, July 21, 2023  
Camp 4: Sunday, July 23 - Friday, July 28, 2023

2023 Online Registration

2023 Information Package

AHEIA Teachers' Workshop

August 22-25 2023

The AHEIA Teachers' Workshop is held annually at the AHEIA Alford Lake Conservation Education Center for Excellence.  Attendees there can certify to teach Hunter Education, Fishing Education, the Pleasure Craft Operator Training, and the International Bowhunter Education Program. These programs are offered in Alberta schools through the Alberta Education curriculum within the Careers and Technology Studies option, Natural Resources (NAT) Program or Careers and Technology Foundations Programs for Grades 5 to 9. The programs offered at the AHEIA Teachers' Workshop meet all requirements specified by the Alberta Education curriculum guide.

If you're interested in joining us for the 2023 Teachers' Workshop, click the Register Here button and complete the fillable form. Once we have reviewed your submission, we will contact you directly to confirm your space in the workshop.

Outdoor Women's Program

Wednesday, August 9 - Sunday, August 13, 2023

The Outdoor Women's Program (OWP) began in 1994 with the intention of encouraging women to enjoy the great outdoors by providing opportunities to gain confidence, increase competence, acquire experience and promote personal growth in skills pertaining to the out of doors. 

This program is not only educational but is an excellent way for women to come together and enjoy each other's company at AHEIA's beautiful Alford Lake facility each year in early August. The days at OWP are jam-packed with courses - from fly fishing to archery, canoeing, firearms basics to field dressing. OWP has something for every woman to learn and enjoy.

Below is the information package including activities offered at the 2022 Outdoor Women's Program. Please review thoroughly to see if it is a program in which you would like to participate. If it is, add your name to the notification list for 2023.

**If you would like to add your name to the 2023 OWP notification list, please email info@aheia.com**

Outdoor Youth Seminar

Friday, August 18 - Sunday, August 20, 2023

The goal of the Outdoor Youth Seminar is to increase awareness of outdoor recreational opportunities. To this end the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association (AHEIA) holds their annual Outdoor Youth Seminar for young outdoor enthusiasts (ages 7 and up) and their parent(s) or guardian(s). All youngsters must be accompanied by at least one adult. The seminar is a two-day event filled with fun and learning activities. Some of the sessions the participants get to choose from are; outdoor cooking, archery, crossbow basics, rifle and shotgun shooting, black powder shooting, survival, introduction to trapping, fly fishing, GPS and geocaching, waterfowl hunting basics, and much more.

Please note that everyone attending the Outdoor Youth Seminar (participants and guardians), must fill out a separate registration form.

*Please note that the Outdoor Youth Seminar registration is not yet available*

Rifle Sight- In Day

April 9, 2023

AHEIA is offering a Rifle Sight-In Seminar at our Alford Lake Conservation Education Centre for Excellence! AHEIA staff and volunteers will be on site to offer assistance checking rifles, scopes, and bore sight (if required) if needed. Ranges available: 25, 50, 100, 200 and 300 yards.

There will also be a Field Shotgun and Rifle Sight-In Day in September, date TBA.

Registration Coming Soon

Provincial Hunting Day

**Registration is not yet open for this event**

The fourth Saturday of every September has become a special date within Alberta. In 2007, the Alberta Government declared this day each year to be Provincial Hunting Day. This year’s event will take place on September 23, 2023. It marks the 16th annual Provincial Hunting Day and is a reminder to all Albertans of our hunting heritage, and of the importance of securing a future for wildlife and wild places, especially within our province.

This year the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association is celebrating the Provincial Hunting Day at our Alford Lake AND our Calgary Firearms Facility. 

AHEIA and Hunting for Tomorrow are offering a daylong event at Alford Lake for those who want to explore the outdoors and expand their shooting and hunting knowledge.  A partial listing of the sessions we are working on are Crossbow Basics, Shotgun Shooting Basics, Centerfire Rifle Shooting, Rimfire Rifle Shooting, Archery Basics, Black Powder Shooting, Making Your Own Survival Kit, Make a Moose Call, Whitetail Hunting Techniques plus more sessions will be added (subject to change).

We will also be providing a complimentary lunch, snacks, and beverages at both locations.

2023 Outdoors Shows

Come see us at an upcoming show near you!

Calgary Boat & Outdoors Show - February 10-12, 2023 at the BMO Center.

Red Deer Sports and Outdoor Show - March 3-5, 2023 at Westerner Park.

Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen’s Show - March 16-19, 2023 at the Edmonton Expo Center.

Visit us at one of these shows to see all of the exciting things that we have going on! Tons of activities for you and the family to enjoy, from archery and fishing to simulators and raffles – Plus! You can ask us all the questions you might have about what we know best – conservation education!