Montgomery, Alabama 36130
fax: (334) 242-0937
Robert Bentley, Governor
Alabama is blessed to be in the top tier of states in terms of biodiversity and habitat, which translates to an abundance of outdoors recreational opportunities. From the mountains to the coastal plain, residents and visitors alike can choose to hunt, fish, hike, camp, watch birds and other wildlife, just to name a few of the activities available.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is charged with the management of our wildlife and fisheries resources, and that is accomplished through funding derived from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and matching funds from the federal government through the Sport Fish Restoration Act and Wildlife Restoration Act.
A portion of those funds are used each year in research, which gives Alabama’s wildlife and fisheries officials the best information available to manage the species, like our favorite big-game species of white-tailed deer and the Eastern wild turkey. The goal of management practices is to balance opportunities for hunters and anglers with what is best for wildlife.
Outdoors recreation provides an enormous economic benefit for Alabama. Hunting alone has about a $1.8 billion economic impact on the state.
Not only does Alabama have great natural resources in terms of habitat and wildlife, our people provide the trained workforce to attract outdoors-related industries and businesses to Alabama. By this time next year, the Polaris Ranger ATV will start rolling off the assembly line at a new manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Ala.
That means jobs for Alabamians. As you’ve heard me say many times during the past five years, jobs for the people of our state has been my main focus.
Alabama’s great outdoors helps make that happen.
Regulations in red are new this year.
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