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Taber Pheasant Festival FAQs

General Questions:

What and when is the Taber Pheasant Festival?

It is a week-long festival that brings about 800 adults and youth to Taber and area for pheasant hunting. The festival runs from October 21-28, 2023.

The festival program

  • Hunting at pheasant release sites randomly assigned from the festival’s draw results: October 23 – 28
  • Novice Shoot for those new to pheasant hunting: October 21 – 22
  • Town of Taber Hunters’ Lunch (Free): October 23
  • Game to Gourmet Pheasant Tasting culinary event: October 23
  • Scotch Tasting & Wing Night: October 25
  • Celebration Dinner and Silent Auction: October 26

I want to hunt at the Taber Pheasant Festival. What do I do?

What hunting licences do I need to hunt pheasants and where can I purchase them?

Alberta hunting licences and fees are based on where you live. Visit for information. If you are an Alberta resident, to hunt pheasant you need the following items:

  1. WIN Card
  2. Wildlife Certificate
  3. Game Bird Licence
  4. Pheasant Licence

Visit or a private licence issuer (e.g., hunting and fishing store) to purchase required licensing. You will need a WIN Card prior to purchasing hunting licences.

What is a WIN Card?

A WIN Card is a Wildlife Identification Number. You must purchase a WIN Card in order to purchase a wildlife certificate and hunting licences. You can buy your WIN Card online at or at a private licence issuer (e.g., hunting and fishing store).

I am new to hunting and have never bought a licence before. Do I need to take the Hunter Education Certificate?

Yes. This is a provincial requirement for all first-time hunters in Alberta. Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association (AHEIA) delivers a Hunter Education Course online. Do not wait until the last minute to do the course work as the online course takes time to complete. After you complete the course, AHEIA will issue you a Hunter Education Certificate with a number. You need this number the first time you purchase a hunting licence.

How can I support the festival?

Where can I stay while in Taber?

Taber Heritage Inn is a proud sponsor of Taber Pheasant Festival. Book your room early online at or call (403) 233-4424 or 1-888-888-4374.

How can I connect to the festival on social media?

Post your stories and photos on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #taberpheasantfestival.

If you have photos and stories you want to send us about the festival, please send them to


Regular Hunt Draw Questions

When is registration open for the random draw for the regular hunts?

Is there a fee to register for the random draw for the regular hunts?

How does the draw system work for the regular hunts?

When will I know if I am drawn for the regular hunts?

Can I choose the specific release sites and times I want to hunt during the regular hunts?

If successfully drawn in the regular hunts, can I change the time of day I want to hunt?

I was drawn and have confirmed my hunting times. How do I get information on my assigned sites?

Where is the Festival Office?

What are the Festival Office hours?

October 22, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.* We will not open early!
October 23, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
October 24, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
October 25, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 26, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. (closed early due to the banquet)
October 27, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
October 28, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

* IT IS EXTREMELY BUSY on Sunday, October 22 when the office first opens. You can expect a 60- to 90-minute wait. If you see a line up out the door, please come back later when the office is less busy and we can serve you better. Your site will not be given away. Go for coffee, do some shopping, or “do the touristy things” while you wait for the line to be less busy. Hunters are asked not to register on Sunday unless their first hunt is Monday or Tuesday (if you have a third hunt, we will give you that paperwork as well). If your first hunt is Wednesday or later, hunters may register on Monday or later in the week. See link for more information.

I have limited mobility and hope to hunt a flat site.

If a steep site has been assigned to you, we will do our best to reassign you to a flatter site; however, there is no guarantee. Our ability to reassign a site depends on the availability of sites during your hunt time.

Can I get information on my assigned sites before the festival?

No. This information is only available at the Festival Office during the festival.

Is there a cancellation penalty?

No. We understand if you’ve finally gotten a long-awaited Moose Draw or your kid’s team made playoffs, but we do ask that you let us know as soon as possible. If you can’t make it, we have a list of people that would really like your spot. Please be considerate; let us know as soon as possible if you can't make your drawn hunt time by contacting or phoning 780-695-3462. If you fail to cancel and are a no show, you risk being banned from further festivals.

When and where do I enter the names of my hunting party?

There is an option to enter the names of your hunting party once you’ve been successfully drawn and have accepted your drawn spot(s). If your hunting party changes, you must let us know when you sign the waiver form and pick up your permission slip(s) at the registration office in Taber during the festival week.


Novice Shoot Questions

What and when is the Novice Shoot?

It is an opportunity for adults and youth new to hunting pheasants to learn shotgun safety and shooting technique, and experience a pheasant shoot with experienced mentors. Instructors from Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association provide all shotguns, ammunition, mentorship, and safety training. Mentors are experienced hunters from AHEIA, ACA, and local fish & game clubs.


  • Saturday, October 21, 2023, with morning and afternoon sessions.
  • Sunday, October 22, 2023, with morning and afternoon sessions.


Who can participate in the Novice Shoot?

Individuals aged 10 and up. All hunters must have all appropriate hunting licences.

How do I register for the Novice Shoot?

Register online at

Is there a fee for the Novice Shoot?

The event is free; however, we do require a $30 deposit to hold your spot. This deposit is returned to you when you show up for the event. If you register and need to cancel, please let us know so we can fill the spot. About 1 week prior to the event, we will send you an information email with more details on location and things to know. Please check your spam/junk email in case our email gets redirected. When registering, please use an email address you use/check frequently.

Do I need previous firearms training to participate in the Novice Shoot?

No. AHEIA instructors provide firearms training at the Novice Shoot. You do however need your Alberta Hunter Education Training Course completed and all of your appropriate licencing.

Do I need to bring a shotgun?/Can I bring my own shotgun to the Novice Shoot?

You do not need to bring a shotgun to the Novice Shoot as AHEIA provides all shotguns (various gauges) and ammunition. If you would like to bring a shotgun, there are some rules to follow: All firearms must remain in your vehicle until it has been approved by an AHEIA instructor. If it is approved, an AHEIA instructor will transport it to the firearms rack where it will be treated the same as all AHEIA shotguns and can be used by you. As a safety protocol, all ammunition will be provided for the Novice Shoot. Please leave any ammunition you may have brought in your vehicle. Once you are done with your firearm, it will be transported by staff back to your vehicle.

If I register for the Novice Shoot, can I also enter the draw to hunt during the week?


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