About APOS and Alberta's Outfitting Industry

The Alberta Professional Outfitters Society (APOS) is a not for profit, Delegated Administrative Organization (DAO), administering the outfitted-hunting industry in Alberta. Established in 1997, it is an arms-length, self-funded, legal entity with the purpose of delivering services traditionally handled by government.

There are over 500 member Outfitter-Guides and 1400 Guides registered through APOS that provide big game, waterfowl and upland bird game hunts to several thousand clients each year. You can access the Member Directory here.

Alberta’s outfitting industry is an active participant in the province’s conservation community and contributes considerable funding to aerial surveying, conservation projects and research initiatives, through our Wildlife Management Fund, in addition to the significant contributions of time, money and services donated by individual outfitters.

Board of Directors

Meet Our 2018 Board

The Board of Directors consists of nine members, of which eight are Outfitter-Guide Permit holders (members) elected annually at the APOS Convention and General Meeting. One Board member is appointed by the Alberta Environment and Parks.


Meet Our Staff

Our Staff is Here to Help You

Working together to support the outfitted-hunting industry from the APOS Head office in Edmonton is this staff of knowledgeable individuals. They are committed to providing quality service to the APOS membership and the Board of Directors to coordinate and fulfill the goals and objectives of the organization.


Standards & Discipline

Alberta Professional Outfitters Society members arrange and conduct thousands of successful hunts every year and the vast majority of outfitted hunts are successful for both the client and the Outfitter. In the unlikely event of violations of the APOS Code Ethics or misunderstandings, APOS has a Dispute Resolution Process which ensures an expedient, fair and transparent process of resolution.



The Guide of the Year and Outfitter of the Year awards recognize professionalism and outstanding service among the ranks of Designated Guides and Outfitter-Guides in Alberta. The Special Award recognize lifetime achievements or outstanding contributions to the outfitted hunting industry in Alberta.

The awards are presented at the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society’s AGM in Nisku on December 7-8, 2018.

This year the awards have been generously sponsored by the Boone & Crockett Club and Sitka. The award recipients will receive a highly coveted Boone &Crockett belt buckle and a head-to-toe Sitka outfit.


Wildlife Management Fund

A Wildlife Management Fund was established in 2003 during the 10-year renewal of allocations process, funded through “reconfirmation” fees. This money is earmarked annually to supplement aerial big game surveys and inventories and to provide funding for studies of specific wildlife species or issues. Approximately $140,000 are generated annually in support of these conservation initiatives, guided by a committee comprised of representatives of APOS and the Government of Alberta.



Alberta’s Outfitted Hunting industry contributes in excess of $100 million annually to the province’s economic activity says a report from Alberta Innovates Technology Futures.


History of Outfitting In Alberta

The passion of the early pioneers continues to motivate Alberta’s modern outfitters. This passion has been seasoned with the development of APOS’s professional leadership. When matched with spectacular scenery and an abundance and diversity of wildlife, it’s no wonder that Alberta continues to remain atop the world’s destinations of choice for professionally guided hunting experiences.