Co-organized by the Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society & the Alberta and BC Chapters of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

Welcome to the 2024 Rendezvous Event, a thrilling collaboration between the Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society and both the Alberta and BC Chapters of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers!

Date: April 26-28, 2024 
Location: Alford Lake Conservation Education Centre for Excellence

Get ready for an unforgettable experience at the picturesque Alford Lake Conservation Education Centre for Excellence. As we return to this incredible facility, we bring you an event filled with excitement and camaraderie, celebrating our shared passion for the great outdoors.

Event Highlights:

Diverse Activities: Explore shooting ranges, archery ranges, fishing, and hunting grounds – all within the expansive Alford Lake facility.

Workshops: Immerse yourself in a wealth of knowledge through workshops and engaging presentations. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, there’s something for everyone.

Event Schedule
Friday, April 26:
3:00-9:00 pm: Arrival and Camp Setup. Cabins are on a first-come, first-served basis.
7:00 pm: Campfire, Trivia Games, Sharing Stories, and Networking.

Saturday, April 27:
9:00 am: Bear Safety Workshop
10:30 am: Game Calling Workshop – Elk, Goose, Turkey, and Ducks (hosted by Western Canada’s best animal mimic)
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Game Handling / Field Dressing / Field Processing for Packout, etc. (working with a white-tail cadaver)
3:00 pm: Introduction to Fishing
Break for a Croatian BBQ Dinner (included with your ticket). Dinner will include a mix of wild game, beef, pork, and chicken with sides of roasted potatoes, Bannock, and salad.
Following dinner will be free time for the range, archery practice, and fishing.

Sunday, April 28:
7:00 or 8:00 am (TBD): Nature Walk to Clearwater River
10:00 am: Range Time and Practice Skills
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Skills Competition

Skill Building for All:

For Every Skill Level: Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, this event provides the perfect platform to learn new skills and enhance existing ones.
Gear Options: We encourage you to bring your own gear. If this is not an option, you can borrow ours – everyone is welcome! 

Your Ticket Includes:

Camping: Enjoy two nights of camping in either a shared cabin or your own tent/trailer, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Alford Lake environment.

Hands-On Workshops: Participate in informative workshops led by experienced hunters and anglers, covering various aspects of outdoor activities.

Access to Ranges: Sharpen your shooting and archery skills with access to our gun range, bow range, and 3D range.

Water Adventures: Take advantage of the pristine lake setting with complimentary access to canoes, kayaks, and fishing equipment.

Don’t miss out on this exceptional opportunity to connect with fellow outdoor enthusiasts, learn from experienced hunters, and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Get your tickets now and be part of the 2024 Rendezvous – where adventure begins!


PO BOX 4990
Edmonton AB
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Rooted in Wisdom: Deer Aging Techniques

Embark on a journey of precision and insight with the Lethbridge College Wildlife Analytics Lab (WAL) at the ACTWS Conference in Jasper! Join our workshop, ‘Rooted in Wisdom: Deer Aging Techniques‘, to explore the secrets hidden within wildlife teeth. Explore both the field technique of ‘tooth eruption and wear’ and the laboratory marvel of ‘cementum analysis’ – both dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of ungulate ages. Delve into the heart of these techniques, comparing their accuracy and precision, with a revelation of the superior accuracy of cementum analysis. Learn the art of tooth extraction and witness the seamless process of submitting your own wildlife teeth to the WAL for aging through cementum analysis. Elevate your understanding of deer populations and contribute to the advancement of wildlife knowledge and bolster your resume with applied experience. Participants will gain hands-on familiarity with the field technique of jaw aging, and the lab process of tooth extraction, inspection, preparation, and cementum analysis. Join us in Jasper for a transformative experience at the intersection of field expertise and cutting-edge laboratory analysis!

Facilitated by the Wildlife Analytics Lab, Lethbridge College

Cost: $15

Professional refers to someone who works with wildlife and/or their habitats in a professional setting.

In this context, it is not in reference to a legal professional designation.