Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt Marks its Seventh Year - Solar-Powered ATV Presented to State

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 More than 100 business leaders from major corporations and hunters from 25 states are in the Capital City attending the Seventh Annual Alabama Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt March 17-19, 2008, in Montgomery. The Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation coordinates the three-day hunt and festivities, hosted by Alabama Gov. Bob Riley. Described as the premier event of its kind nationwide, the Alabama Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt pumps more than $1 million into the local economy during the three days and calls attention to Alabama’s precious natural resources.

  The hunt is used by state officials as an industry recruiting tool. “The Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt is the perfect venue to promote our state’s valuable recreation and natural resources to businesses who may be considering moving to Alabama,” said Alabama Governor Bob Riley. “Luring new businesses to Alabama creates jobs and boosts the economy.”
 
The invitation-only event will be held at approximately 60 different hunting properties within a 75-mile radius of Montgomery. Each guest hunter is teamed with a landowner host and guide for a full day of hunting on Tuesday and a half-day of hunting on Wednesday. The Grand Champion trophy goes to the hunter harvesting the largest gobbler. Additionally, the landowner hosting the Grand Champion also receives a trophy. Executives from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, BWI Companies, Ducks Unlimited, EADS North America, Leatherman, National Wild Turkey Federation, PRADCO Products, Teledyne Brown Engineering, and Winchester are among those scheduled to attend. Media representatives from CNBC, ESPN, Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine television program, Roland Martin Productions, Academy Outdoors Show, Hunters Specialties, and Grandview Media are also planning to participate along with local media and Alabama outdoor writers. Additionally, Kerry Earnhardt, an investor in the Alabama Motorsports Park and former NASCAR driver, will be one of several celebrity hunters.  
 
Hundreds of business executives throughout North America have participated in the Governor’s Turkey Hunt over the past five years. The Alabama Development Office, which is charged with industrial recruitment, selects the business and industry participants.  
 
The Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt also showcases Alabama’s abundant outdoor recreation activities. “Hunting, fishing and other nature-based tourism is a $4.3 billion industry our state, but it’s not all about the money.” said Lawley. “The Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt also raises funds to benefit the Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation which funds many worthy projects such as the Lynn Boykin Wildlife Scholarship for wildlife science majors at Auburn University.”
 
The Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt also funds other Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation projects including: Youth Dove Hunts, a mentor-based program introducing youth under the age of 16 hunting; the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program offering three-day workshops twice a year to women who want hands-on instruction in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, canoeing, archery, shooting, and more; and the Hunters Helping the Hungry program which provides processed venison to food banks statewide for help in feeding the less fortunate.
 
Additionally, during today’s news conference, BP America presented Gov. Bob Riley with a solar-powered ATV which will be used in many capacities by the ADCNR. “We really appreciate BP America’s generous gift,” said the Gov. Riley. “The positive effect of this cart on the environment continues our commitment to protect Alabama’s natural resources for future generations.”
 
The solar ATV or cart is manufactured by Bad Boy Buggies of Natchez, Mississippi. “Since it is battery-powered, it creates no pollution and no noise,” said BP America Director of State Government Affairs Mike Kunpf. “BP is one of the largest manufacturers of solar panels in the world. We have the carts retrofitted with one of our solar panels to demonstrate the versatility of solar power.” BP is donating some 50 of the solar-powered carts to various states and environmental groups across the country including Alabama. They offer great versatility particularly in off-road use and will go nearly anywhere given their power, drive and noiselessness. The cart has a speed of 18-20 MPH.
 
“The cart will be used to canvas our large state-owned properties including use on Forever Wild lands,” said Lawley. “As the Forever Wild Board continues to move forward with more and more statewide land acquisitions, easy maneuvering to inspect and manage our lands is vital.” The State Lands Division manages Forever Wild lands to ensure that all resources including recreation, hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, aesthetics, soil, water, forests and minerals are protected or enhanced.
 
 The Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit www.outdooralabama.com.