Office of the Governor
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
fax: (334) 242-0937
Robert Bentley, Governor
Nothing compares to Alabama’s natural beauty.
That’s why we’re working to share our natural resources with the public — while also making sure those resources are available for future generations. Over the last year, a lot has taken place to help us accomplish these goals.
For example, we’re using the power of technology to connect more people with nature. The new Outdoor Alabama mobile app is a great tool for hunters and anglers. You can use your smart phone to access information on hunting and fishing licenses. You can Game Check your deer and turkey harvests. You can even check guidelines and regulations — all in the palm of your hand.
Times are changing. Even a few years ago, no one ever imagined you could report a deer harvest on a cell phone from the middle of your favorite hunting property. But one thing that isn’t changing is our commitment to preserving what makes Alabama so special.
We also want to encourage more people to responsibly enjoy our natural resources. In 2012, we launched the Alabama Bass Trail to raise awareness of incredible fishing opportunities from one end of the state to the other. We also recently announced the Bassmaster Classic will be coming to Lake Guntersville in 2014. Lake Guntersville is a vital part of the Bass Trail. You can see details on all 11 lakes that are part of the trail at www.AlabamaBassTrail.org.
Just a few months ago, the Bibb County Public Fishing Lake reopened after suffering damage from the April 2011 tornadoes. Also, Barbour County Lake reopened in April 2013 after being closed for several months. Both lakes offer excellent fishing, as do the other state public fishing lakes in Alabama.
Five new archery parks have opened during the last year in Northport, Heflin, Lincoln, Decatur and Ozark. These join eight existing community archery parks. These ranges were built through a partnership with the respective cities and the Archery Trade Association.
In this busy world, it’s important to take time and enjoy our natural surroundings. This year, I hope you’ll rediscover what makes Alabama so special.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.