Hanna is placed "smack-dab" 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 area. Thousands of Canada (Lesser and Greater), White-fronted, Snow and Ross' geese fill the Hanna 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 Hanna area 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 Hanna area 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.
The 2007 Alberta Hunting Regulations allowed the harvest of 8 Canada and White-fronted geese (not more than 5 may be White-fronted geese for resident and non-resident Canadians; not more than 3 may be White-fronted geese for non-resident aliens) and 20 Snow and Ross' geese for a total of 28 geese per day. An additional 8 ducks (not more than 4 pintail) may also be taken daily. Possession Limits are double that of the Daily Limits. As of the 1997 season, a lead shot ban is in effect throughout the province. Annual hunting regulations are published and available to the public around the beginning of June from any Sustainable Resource Development / Fish and Wildlife Office or private vendor.
District Fish and Wildlife Officer
How to Be a Bird Guide?
There is no legal requirement to be a bird guide. For more information on hunting in Alberta visit the Sustainable Resources website at http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/hunting/index.html.
The hunting regulations are online at http://www.albertaoutdoorsmen.ca/huntungregs/index.html.
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:
Hanna Special Areas #2 Office
Hanna, AB T0J 1P0