At the start of the month in August 2018, the Alberta government rolled out a few revisions to hunting, aimed at improving the sports accessibility and the long term well-being of Alberta's ecosystems.
Along with discounted hunting rates for senior citizens, Alberta Environment And Parks Minister Shannon Phillips says they are increasing the window of opportunity to hunt certain game.
"We are extending elk season to provide more flexibility for hunters and rural land owners, to prevent destruction of stored feed and damage to property, such as fences."
It was also announced that landowner hunting licences will be administered to property owners in rural areas where elk frequent, who missed the draw on regular hunting licences.
The amount of draws are also increasing notably with 200 more antlered mule tags and 2800 more tags for antlerless mule deer.
Phillips says part of this amendment is to more carefully monitor infectious diseases within the ecosystem.
"We are bolstering our already robust program to monitor the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in elk and deer populations, and we are protecting the public by making slight changes to hunting boundaries near more populated areas."
Another notable change within the amendments is the ending of black bear season in October 31 2018, which was changed to help prevent illegal poaching and more closely align with hibernation cycles.
To review the complete list of hunting regulations and changes, visit the Alberta Hunting Regulations website.
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