land and Lease Holder Rights

May 18, 2017

Land and Leaseholders Property Rights

There are increasing pressures by hunters and other outdoor recreationalists to access both private (deeded) and privately leased provincial lands. As the population grows and pressures mount, there is a growing importance of knowing your rights as a private land or leaseholder of such properties.   Private land and leaseholders of grazing leases may want to review and to become familiar with specific sections of the “Wildlife Act of Alberta” and the” Alberta Hunting Regulations”.

To start, search “Wildlife Act of Alberta” on the internet. Read the entire act then focus on those sections that most affect you as an individual. It doesn’t take long.

Next, search “Alberta Hunting Regulations” on the internet.   Click on “General Regulations and Maps”. Now, scroll down to “Hunting Privileges on Occupied, Private and Public Lands”. Continue to scroll down to the topic heads listed below. These will be good starting points in understanding YOUR rights as a land or leaseholder.

  1. Access to Public and Private Lands
  2. Access to Public Lands
  3. Wildlife Act
  4. Petty Trespass Act

Knowing YOUR rights will not only help reduce your financial liabilities, but your civil liabilities as well.

REMEMBER, HOWEVER, BE CAREFUL WHEN BEING APPROACHED OR APPROACHING AN INDIVIDUAL(s) WHO IS (are) IN A TRESPASS OR POTENTIAL TRESPASS SITUATION!!!

  1. Do not get into an unnecessary confrontation.
  2. If there is a potential problem; get as detailed as possible:
  1. Description of the individual(s).
  2. Description of the vehicle (license plate number is key if possible).
  1. WALK AWAY
  2. Call RCMP or Fish and Wildlife. Fish and Wildlife—Report A Poacher ——————1-800-642-3800           RCMP ————————————————————- 780-830-5701 RCMP (Valleyview Detachment)—————————- 780-524-3343
  3. RCMP (Grande Prairie Detachment)———————– 780-830-5700
  4. RCMP (County of Grande Prairie Detachment)——— 780-567-5580
  5. EMERGENCY—————————————————- 911