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 concerns.

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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) subscribe to a high standard of professional conduct and ethics. The vast majority of interactions among APOS members, clients and others involved in the province’s outfitted hunting industry uphold these rigorous standards and ensure both enjoyable hunt experiences and proper safeguards for wildlife. It is the responsibility of each APOS member to:

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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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Classified Listings

Classified listing are posted monthly with a selection of allocations, privileges, lodges, equipment etc. that can be bought or leased by individuals that are permitted outfitters. Additional listings include businesses for sale, employment opportunities, services, and wanted ads. Classified listings are free to members. Non-members many contact the office for a rate sheet if they wish to list items.

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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 on Alberta soil. 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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