Steps to Becoming an Outfitter or Guide

An outfitter is a person who commercially provides services related hunting activities primarily with non-resident and non-resident alien hunters. Additionally many outfitters offer a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing and trapline tours. There are specific obligations that must be met to obtain an outfitter-guide permit and guide designation in Alberta.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

There are some frequently asked questions that we get at APOS from residents, hunters and outfitters. Take a look here to see if your questions can be answered, or email us if you have further questions.

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Outfitter & Guide Entitlements

Through the Alberta Wildlife Act and Regulations there are a number of entitlements that Outfitter-Guides and Guides have.

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Code of Ethics

Members of the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society (APOS) ascribe to a high standard of professional conduct and ethics. When interactions and behaviours don’t meet this standard, the reputation of individual APOS members and the industry as a whole can be harmed. All violations of the APOS Code of Ethics may be subject to a penalty ranging from a reprimand to suspension.

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Ethics & Standards

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 process is based on the principles of natural justice and the assessment of any potential violation of the APOS Code of Ethics.

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History of Alberta's Outfitting Industry

It’s been more than one hundred years since Tom Wilson provided the first guided hunting excursion in Alberta. So much has changed, and yet so much remains the same. Tom would be humbled by the sophistication of an industry that can trace its roots to his first Alberta hunt. 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.

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