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 $327 million to Alberta's gross domestic product. 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 guided hunting allocations, and holding members accountable to a Code of Ethics. We provide members with competitive liability insurance, a voice within government, and advocacy on key issues.
The Guide of the Year and Outfitter of the Year awards recognize professionalism and outstanding service among the ranks of guides and outfitters in Alberta. The Service Award recognizes lifetime achievements or outstanding contributions to the outfitting industry in Alberta.
The Trophy Awards recognize the exceptional quality of wildlife in Alberta, celebrating the success of prudent management and stewardship.
The Legacy Awards recognize important career milestones (20 and 40 years) for our outfitter members. These awards are a testament to our longstanding history in the province and investment in wildlife sustainability.
The awards are presented at the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society's AGM.More