By Donald Jay Howton

We all will agree that outdoor activities and general recreation is a favorite pastime for most Alabamians.

Last Thursday, September 21 Governor Kay Ivey signed a proclamation recognizing National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, September 23.

Since 1972 the fourth Saturday in September has been designated as National Hunting and Fishing Day. The date was established to highlight the role that hunters and anglers play in conservation efforts in the United States.

According to Gov. Ivey, “Hunting and fishing are traditions that we cherish in Alabama and I take great pride in recognizing our hunters and anglers with this proclamation.”

These sports fund the majority of conservation efforts in Alabama through the purchase of recreational licenses and excise taxes collected on specific hunting and fishing equipment.

“With more than a million acres of public hunting land, 23 state public fishing lakes, excellent bass fishing and one of the largest artificial reef systems in the world, Alabama is a hunting and fishing paradise,” stated Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Chris Blankenship.

ADCNR offers beginner courses in hunting, fishing and firearm safety taught by skilled mentors.