Alberta’s seniors will be paying a lot less for hunting licenses this fall.
The provincial government’s recently announced price cuts will give Albertans aged 65 and older some of the lowest costs in the country to hunt game birds and white-tailed deer.
The cost of a combination wildlife certificate and bird game permit will go from $44.02 to $8.25. White-tailed deer licenses will go from $39.95 to $8.25. Partner licenses for senior Albertan hunters will cost $12.
“Hunting is a longstanding tradition in our province. For seniors living on fixed incomes, the cost of a hunting license should not be the barrier that keeps you from enjoying hunting,” said Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood.
Littlewood said that helping lifelong hunters and fishers continue their outdoor pursuits in their later years was important for a number of reasons -- hunting brings a boost to the local economy and can also contribute to the quality of life for seniors.
“I'm looking forward to seeing how many people are able to get into it and back into it,” Littlewood said, adding that the lower prices would help out younger Albertans as well, opening more opportunities for different generations to hunt together.
“Having seniors use their expertise to help make sure that young hunters are safe, young fishers are safe, that they're passing along that generational knowledge of conservation and knowing how to be out on the land,” she said. "It's about making sure that there is a new generation of up and coming hunters, fishers, and anglers that know how to continue to be good environmental stewards of the province."
According to the provincial government, more than 120,000 Albertans purchased hunting licenses last year. More than 18,500 hunting license holders are seniors.