registration packages

"Educating Alberta's Outdoor Women"

August 6-10, 2014

at the Alford Lake Conservation Centre for Excellence

located 24 km west of Caroline, AB

Space is Limited so ...

and join the the 50th Anniversary of A.H.E.I.A.






For more information, contact
Alberta Hunter Education Instructors' Association
780-466-6682 or 1-866-282-4342




 Event Details:

Join hundreds of other women for up to 5 days of learning, camaraderie, fun and begin to master the outdoors.  Women of all ages are encouraged to experience, explore, and develop an understanding of the natural world through over 27 different hands-on programs.  


The event is held at the Alford Lake Conservation Education Centre for Excellence.  The first session was held in 1993 and has grown in popularity ever since.  Women participate at their own speed and level of interest.  They are welcome to try their hand at everything from fly fishing, shooting, backing up a trailer, trapping to overnight survival sessions.  Classes run about 3 hours and cover a host of topics, as listed below.


Patient and knowledgeable instructors encourage each woman towards her own level of confidence and competence with each new skill. 

Not sure if this weekend is for you?  Ask yourself these questions:

  •  Is there an outdoor activity that you have never tried, like shooting a shotgun that you would like to learn in a safe and controlled environment?

  •  Are you a beginner who is looking to improve her outdoor skills?

  • Are you already active in the outdoors but you would like to add to your skills?

  • Are you seeking the camaraderie of other like-minded individuals?

  • Are you seeking a brand new adventure totally apart from your day-to-day life?

 If you answered, "Yes," to any of these questions, then please join us for an unforgettable weekend of adventure.  Our highly qualified instructors are looking forward to meeting you.  We take pride in initiating new people into the enjoyment of the great outdoors. 

 Bring your own camping gear or share a cabin with other ladies, or stay in your own trailer or RV.  Modern showers and bathrooms are available and meals are included.  There is a wide range of program sessions to choose from and participants may attend for two, three or five days.



·       Archery

·         Bear Aware!

·         Building Walking Sticks

·         Canoeing - Basic

·         Chainsaw Basics

·         Crossbows – Getting Started

·         Firearms Basics – Guns, Guns, Guns

·         Fly fishing

·         Geo Caching

·         Handguns

·         Humane Trapping

·         Introduction to ATVing

·         Leather Making

·         Let’s Go Bowhunting


·         Mantracker

·         Shotgun II (Advanced)

·         Stranded on the Road

·         Surviving the Extremes

·         Take a Walk on the Wild Side

·         The Science of Fishing

·         Trailering

·         Traditional Native Tanning

·         Where Am I?  Where Should I be?

·         Wilderness Cuisine

·         Wilderness Survival - (Basic) – Part 1

·         Wilderness Survival – Basic – Part 2

·         Wilderness Survival - ADVANCED


 Evening/Morning Sessions:

  •                       Alford Lake Olympics

·                      Arrow Crafting

·                      Backpacking 101

·                      Fishing Tools Necklace Building Session

·                      Fly Tying

·                      Game Calling 101

·                      Knife and Axe Sharpening

·                      Seeing Things Clearly With Your Optics

·                      Learn To Score

·                      Reading a Compass & Taking a Bearing

·                      Rope Making

·                      Campfire Evenings

·                      Catch A Falling Star

·                      Nature Power Walk





Photographer Lindsay McCrum explores unexpected aspects of gun ownership in a new book.

Read the article by contributor Laura T Coffey about this exciting new book, "Chicks With Guns". 
Photos of women with guns explode the stereotypes.

PDF File 307KB

Visit Lindsay McCrum's website




HFT and "WOMEN in the FIELD"










Are you A Female Hunter?



Female Hunter Kits


FACT SHEET #14: Ladies - Let's Go Hunting



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From a Hunters Diary
Tracy Dickinson


I was at the Willow Valley Trophy Day in Pincher Creek, AB this year, and appreciated the opportunity to hear you speak.  Wow!  I must say that I was inspired to continue to do what I do, and continue to be involved in supporting the outdoor groups and organizations that I do.  I am so glad that you made the trip down to Pincher Creek, and I am interested in learning more about your organization, and perhaps becoming more involved in it as well!

As a young girl, I grew up in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia in a rural area between the communities of Cranbrook and Kimberley. 

I remember my family spent all the time they could in the outdoors.  We camped, fished, went horseback riding, and my parents also hunted. 

 I grew up appreciating the environment we lived in and glad that I lived where I did. 

I received my first fishing rod, a present from my Dad, when I turned 5 years old and was always the first one in the truck when we were taking the boat out.  We spent many hours on Kootenay Lake, Koocanusa Lake, and Moyie Lake.  As I grew older, I hoped that I would be able to actively partake in hunting trips as well.  I had been along on many excursions, but I could hardly wait till I turned 14, took my Hunter Training and could try my luck. 

As time went by, my Dad lost interest in hunting, so by the time I was 14 he hadn't been out for quite a few years.  I was disappointed, to say the least.  When I was 16, I had the opportunity to take Hunter Training with a friend of mine.  Both of us were truly intimidated being the only girls in the class, but decided that if we both took it together, it would be fine.  We had to endure a few stares from our younger male classmates (they of course were all 14, and we were 16!), as well as the Dad's that were accompanying their sons to the classes.  Our instructor was great, and we both passed and received our B.C. Hunting Certificates in the mail following the class.  I thought for sure that this would prompt my Dad back into wanting to hunt, and into taking me out, but he never did.

As I grew older, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career that involved the outdoors in some capacity.  I attended the University of Lethbridge, and received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology in 1995.  I have worked many contracts with a variety of employers, all involving some sort of field work, and am now permanently employed as a Research Technician at the Research Station in Lethbridge for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. 

It was at the Research Station that my dream of hunting finally started to fall into place.  I met my boyfriend, Gary, at the Research Station in 1995, and he is an avid hunter!  I started bugging him about taking me hunting soon after we began dating, and was able to go with him spotting, and along on a few trips before he knew that I was serious and not just trying to impress him!  I enrolled in, took and successfully completed an FAC course in 1998, and received my certificate soon after.  I applied for an Alberta WIN Card, and I purchased my first rifle that year (a 6 mm).  I also bought a membership to the Lethbridge Fish and Game so that I could use their gun range, and Gary began teaching me how to shoot.  The following year I purchased a second rifle (25-06) brand new, and Gary knew that I was committed to giving hunting a try.  I purchased tags that fall and went on my first hunt with him for Whitetail Deer near Enchant, Alberta.  We spent two weekends (Thurs-Sat) out there, and he finally said that I was going to have to shoot the rifle in order to say that I tried it!  On the last Saturday that he took me out, I finally decided to shoot a little buck that was feeding in the cat tails.  I hit it the first shot, and I don't think my feet touched the ground until much later the next day.  It was an amazing feeling, and one that I will never forget.  I was so happy that I finally realized a dream I had been holding ever since I was a little girl.  My deer was no where near a trophy, but I have the skull and antlers proudly displayed in our bedroom, and when I look at it, all the pride in myself returns.


Since my first deer in 1999,  I have shot a 140 Mule Deer in 2000, one White Tail buck in 2001 and another this year, a sow Black Bear in 2002, and a 78 Pronghorn this year.  I have had the opportunity to hunt for Elk since 2000 with Gary, and was with him when he took an amazing Bull Moose in 2000.  I have seen wolves, grizzly, deer, elk, cougars, coyotes, antelope, and so many other things when I am out hunting that I am so glad that I am finally where I always wanted to be. 


I am a member of the Lethbridge Fish and Game, Ducks Unlimited, and the Willow Valley Trophy Club.  I volunteer and am a member for Pheasants Forever,  and I hold an executive position with the Oldman River Basin Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  Now that I have heard about Hunting For Tomorrow, I am very interested in becoming involved in some way.

When I listened to you speak at Willow Valley, it just reinforced everything I feel about the outdoors, and why I think it is important to continue to pursue these activities.  I just wanted to e-mail you and say how impressed I was with hearing you speak, and let you know that I want to be involved with your organization because I share the same vision.




Additional Articles by Women Hunters


You're Hunting with That? Tina Portman

An article on traditional bowhunting and appropriate equipment for "big" big game such as elk, African gemsbok and kudu. 

The article focuses on women using lighter-weight bows.  Originally published in the Traditional Bowhunter Magazine.



Websites for Women Hunters

Cycle Works
International Coalition for Women in Shooting & Hunting (WiSH)
Women Hunters
Women Bowhunters
Women Hunters

Your participation in this coalition maximizes our collective efforts.
Contact us to find out how you may become involved.


This page was last updated  March 12, 2014