“Hunting, trapping and fishing are woven into the history and culture of our province.

“Hunting, trapping and fishing have always been tremendously important to Indigenous communities in Alberta. Indigenous Peoples sustained their nations by hunting, trapping and fishing throughout history and this remains an essential part of life for First Nation, Métis and Inuit across the province.

“Today, hunting, trapping and fishing continue to compel many Albertans to get outdoors and connect with our environment while creating long-lasting memories and strengthening the bonds we share with family and friends.

“That’s why Alberta’s hunters, trappers and anglers are important partners in conservation. By closely following provincial regulations while harvesting wildlife, we can ensure that Alberta sustains healthy wildlife populations and a diverse range of hunting, trapping and angling experiences for future generations.

“Our partners in conservation continue to be important to sustaining healthy wildlife populations. Hunting plays a critical role in containing the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). Changes this year to increase harvest opportunities for mule deer in areas where CWD is prevalent will help limit the spread of this disease and help the province meet its conservation objectives.

“An extended period of hot, dry weather across the province added another challenge to the outdoor experience this summer. I’d like to thank the many responsible anglers who adjusted where, when and how they fished to minimize the impact on fish populations stressed by low flows and warmer waters.

“As we move into hunting season, we need to consider the impact drought has had on our landscape. Please be mindful of fire hazards on your next hunting trip and be respectful of landowner and leaseholder concerns related to fire risk.

“I truly believe that people who spend much of their time outdoors recognize the importance of conservation. That’s why Environment and Parks is asking for your feedback on wildlife management and the department’s vision for recreational hunting in Alberta. I hope you will spare a few minutes to provide us with your thoughts.

“Alberta is blessed with a diverse landscape and healthy, sustainable wildlife populations. No matter what part of Alberta you call home, a memorable outdoor experience is waiting for you right outside your door. I wish everyone a happy National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day, and best of luck on your next adventure.”