Alabama Hunting & Fishing
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of just how essential outdoor recreation is to our health and well-being. Hunting and fishing are very important in the lives of many Alabamians. Because of that, the services provided by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are as important as ever. I am very thankful for the support of Alabama’s hunters and anglers in that effort.
While the Conservation Department manages the state’s natural resources for the benefit of all, it is you, hunters and anglers, who also deserve credit for our abundant natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities. Hunting and fishing license revenue is matched with Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration funds to provide the majority of the budgets for the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries and Marine Resources divisions. The work they do ensures future generations will have the same access to the cherished outdoor activities that we enjoy today.
In addition to investing in the state’s conservation efforts, your participation in hunting and fishing helps thousands of Alabamians working in jobs associated with outdoors recreation. COVID-19 sent a shock through the country’s economy. Your support of local outdoors retailers translates into jobs for many who may have been affected by the pandemic.
Alabama’s wild places and the wildlife that inhabit them are part of what keeps us resilient. A day in the field or on the water resets our minds and refreshes our spirits. I encourage you to take advantage of those privileges this season. I also encourage you to share that experience with someone who is unfamiliar with our outdoors traditions. They are the ones who will carry those traditions into the future.
Alabama is truly a special place. You can hunt in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains one day and, the next day, reel in a nice bass from one of our bountiful lakes. My job as Governor is to ensure that those traditions continue as well as to promote economic growth so that all Alabamians prosper. Thank you for your support in helping to make that happen.
Kay Ivey, Governor