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 $105 million annually. APOS became the delegated administrative organization for the outfitting industry in Alberta in 1997. Today our society represents 484 outfitters and nearly 1,500 guides. Our sector contributes significantly to wildlife stewardship in our province, with over $1.1 million dollars going towards conservation initiatives since 2008.