Game Awards

Rules of Fair Chase and Entry Requirements

From P&Y:

The fair chase philosophy reaches to the very foundations of the hunting spirit; it should be a dominant factor in the personal hunting ethic of every responsible individual; it is key to bowhunting’s future with deep roots in our hunting heritage.

Simply defined, fair chase is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit of free-ranging wild game animals in a manner which does not give the hunter an improper or unfair advantage over the animal.

  • Must be taken in accordance with the current Alberta Hunting Regulations.
  • Use the definition of allowable bow, arrow and broadhead from the current Alberta Hunting Regulations.
  • Incorporating any device or mechanism that holds the bowstring at partial or full draw without the shooter’s muscle power (draw lock devices) is NOT allowed. (Voted at 2010 AGM)
  • Crossbows are not considered a “bow” and entries taken by crossbow are not allowed for entry into the ABA Game Awards program. (ABA Position Paper from March 14, 2022)
  • For big game and applicable small game entries, must be taken in a regulated hunting season.
  • Must be taken on a valid Alberta hunting license (exception for some small game/predator entries that do not require a hunting license).
  • Must be an Alberta resident.
  • Must be an ABA member in good standing at time of harvest.
  • For ABA Game Awards Youth Entries, the age is “under the age of 18”.
  • For cougars, the hunter must be present when dogs are released.
  • Effective Jan 1, 2021, animals taken from Jan 1 – Dec 31 will be considered for the following year’s ABA Game Awards Program. An example is a cougar taken in Jan 2020 would be in the same competition with cougars taken in Dec 2020.  (Only exception would be an animal entry that is under review from the previous year)
  • Must be entered by March 1 for annual awards.
  • Animals will be considered, for level achievement only, at any time as long as membership can be proven at the time of harvest.
  • Animals shot between December 25 and December 31 will be accepted but may be ranked and      awarded with animals shot in the following year if the 60-day drying period before being officially measured cannot be met.

    • Member must be an Alberta Bowhunter Association member for both the calendar year it was shot and the following calendar year in which it is being ranked and awarded.
    • The awards chairman must be notified immediately of any animals shot between Dec 25 and Dec 31.

      Anything outside of these timelines would be addressed on a case-by-case basis and dealt with through the Game Awards Entry Review procedure.

  • If using the paper form of the ABA Game Awards Entry Form, the form must be completely filled out with all signatures as required. Incomplete entries will be returned to the person making the entry to be completed as required.
  • If using the online entry form, the paper copy of the Game Awards Entry form (filled out completely with all signatures as required) must be attached. A completely filled out Boone & Crockett or Pope & Young official score sheet is also acceptable in lieu of the paper ABA Game Awards application form.
  • Entries for the Annual Big Game Awards, Big Game certificate, Master Bowhunter and Grandmaster Bowhunter levels, require the entry to be measured and the entry form signed by an official Pope and Young or Boone and Crockett measurer if a “score” is attached to the entry.
  • Abandoned search – an animal for which the search was abandoned and the animal is later recovered will not be eligible for entry. Any time an entry is questioned for which the recovery was not immediate (within a day), a wide range of circumstances surrounding the recovery process will be reviewed by the Game Awards Review Committee on a case-by-case basis to determine the eligibility of the individual entry.
  • Disclaimer: All entry materials including photographs submitted to or taken by the Alberta Bowhunters Association or its representatives will be donated to the ABA. The entry materials will be used as the Association wishes. Signature required on Game Awards entry form/Affidavit of Fair Chase portion.

ABA Game Awards - Apply Online!

 We strongly encourage the membership to use the online submission process for a variety of reasons – should eliminate lost entries, simplifies the entry procedure, lessens the workload on the awards chairman, the information is easily  calculated for our ranking systems, the information can be used in analytics for stakeholder/FW meetings.

A seperate application is required for each entry/harvest.  To get started, click on an application type below.

Meet the Sponsors

Sponsorship is for five-year terms at a cost of $200 per year. Sponsors are given first chance to renew their sponsorship for the next term.

Typical Whitetail

Sponsor:
Whitecourt Fish & Game Association

Non-Typical Whitetail

Sponsor:
Carstairs Family

Typical Mule Deer

Sponsor:
Mike’s Outfitting Ltd.

Non-Typical Mule Deer

Sponsor:
Brian Meyers Landscaping

Elk

Sponsor:
Wild TV

Moose

Sponsor:
Brent & Carrie Watson

Bighorn Sheep

Sponsor:
Tom Foss

Pronghorn Antelope

Sponsor:
Hillbilly's Taxidermy

Black Bear

Sponsor:
Chester Dodgson

Cougar

Sponsor:
Kelly Morton Hunting

Warren Witherspoon Traditional Award

Sponsor:
Alberta Traditional Bowhunters Association

Ladies of the ABA

Sponsor:
Southern Alberta Bowhunters Association

Ryk Visscher Master Bowhunter Award

Sponsor:
Gunther Tondelier

Lloyd Mutter Grandmaster Bowhunter Award

Sponsor:
Rob Kubicek Family

Small Games Award

Sponsor:
Hart’s Yard & Lawn Maintenance Ltd (Tim Sailer)

Big Game Award

Sponsor:
Altitude Taxidermy & Wildlife Artistry

Red Arrow Award

Sponsor:
Ted Hansen

Game Management Award

Sponsor:
Terry Brew

Bowhunter of the Year

Sponsor:
Jim Bows (Calgary & Edmonton)

Fred Walker Youth Award

Sponsor:
Cabelas | Grizz Targets | WILD TV

Become a Sponsor

Interested in becoming a Game Awards sponsor? Questions about our program? Click below to contact Kyle Sinclair-Smith, our Game Awards Chairman.
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