Alberta’s outfitters were some of the earliest pioneers of the tourism industry in our province, with the
first guided hunts taking clients into the Alberta wilderness in the late 1800s. Today our society
represents 500 professional outfitters and nearly 1,600 hunting guides, generating a $327 million
contribution to Alberta's gross domestic product, and supporting rural jobs and economies throughout
In 1997, the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society (APOS) was established as a delegated administrative
organization (DAO) for the Government of Alberta. APOS’ delegated responsibilities include licensing the
province’s guides and professional outfitters, managing the distribution of big game allocations and
waterfowl privileges, and holding members accountable to a Code of Ethics.
We provide members with access to liability insurance, a voice within government, and advocacy on key issues.