The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) has managed the state’s public lands and wildlife for the benefit of all for more than a century. The abundant access to the outdoors we enjoy today is made possible through the Department’s stewardship of our wildlife and wild places. However, it is you, hunters and anglers, who share that credit.
When you purchase a hunting or fishing license, the revenue is matched with federal Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration funds to provide the majority of the budgets for ADCNR’s Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries and Marine Resources divisions. The work they do ensures future generations will continue to have access to quality hunting and fishing opportunities throughout the state.
Alabamians took to the outdoors in record numbers last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The need to practice social distancing led many to rekindle their love for the outdoors or experience it for the first time. Whether it was hunting, fishing or boating, our shared connection to Alabama’s landscape kept us resilient during this difficult time.
In addition to providing safe recreation options, hunting and fishing are major drivers of the state’s economy. Several million people participate in outdoors-related activities in Alabama annually, generating an economic impact of almost $15 billion. This translates into more than 135,000 jobs for Alabamians.
As we emerge from the pandemic and begin our new normal, I hope you will continue to take advantage of the outdoor recreational opportunities Alabama has to offer. I also encourage you to share those experiences with others who have never been hunting or fishing. By becoming a mentor you can pass those traditions on to the next generation of hunters and anglers.
Alabama is a beautiful and special place. You can hunt in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains one day and reel in a nice catch along our beautiful Gulf Coast the next. My job as Governor is to ensure that access continues as well as to promote economic growth so that all Alabamians prosper. Your participation in hunting and fishing helps make that happen. Thank you.