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The Special Areas is in the middle of the largest migration route and staging area in Alberta. The migration routes of four different species of geese intersect in the immediate Hanna, Cessford, Consort, Oyen and Empress area. Thousands of Canada (Lesser and Greater), White-fronted, Snow and Ross' geese fill the prairie skies from early September to late November providing some awesome hunting experiences.

The terrain allows for the option of hunting over or on water as well as field shoots. The special areas region is also known for its exceptional duck hunting opportunities. Nineteen different species of ducks are known to frequent the area; however, hunting pressure in concentrated on the later migrations of large northern Mallard and Pintail.

The region is a good spot for Canada Goose, White Fronted Goose ( aka: Speckled Belly Goose) and the Snow Goose. In recent years, the Snow Goose has overpopulated so it is the only bird that can be hunted on Sundays.

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The majority of the land surrounding Hanna is privately owned or leased thus requiring permission for access. Maps detailing the owners or leasers may be obtained through local special area offices in Hanna 403 854 5601 Consort 403 577 3523 or Oyen 403 664 3618

The prairie landscape of the Special Areas provides ample hunting opportunities for Mule deer, White-tailed deer and Antelope. Mule deer and Antelope are hunted on a limited entry draw for residents and non-residents to increase trophy opportunities. Non-resident alien (outside Canada) licenses are monitored through an allocation/bid system through Sustainable Resource Development. Any non-resident or non-resident alien wishing to hunt big game in Alberta must do so through a Licensed Outfitter Guide or Hunter Host license.

Annually, Mule deer are harvested in the 180 to 190+ range, White tailed deer in the 160 to 170+ range, and Antelope in the 80+ range. Alberta's deer generally rut during the month of November, thus providing the best hunting opportunity. Unless of course you are a bow hunter where you may want to consult with your guide to determine the best time to book your hunt


Ringneck River - Pheasant Guy   Ryan Gillespie
(403) 363-9700