Officer James “Hasty” Hudson has been named Alabama’s Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The award was presented at the association’s annual meeting recently in Corpus Christi, Texas. SEAFWA is an organization whose members are the state agencies with primary responsibility for management and protection of the fish and wildlife resources in 16 states.
A former highly decorated Montgomery Police Lieutenant and Investigator, Hudson began his career with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) as a Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) enforcement officer in 2003. He is assigned to Elmore County in District IV.
According to his supervisor, Captain Larry Hicks, Hudson has excelled in his role as Conservation Enforcement Officer, is respected by his peers and very deserving of the award.
“I have always been proud of Officer Hudson,” Hicks said. “Officer Hudson has enhanced, preserved and protected the wildlife and fisheries resources of Alabama for the benefit of future generations and is truly worthy of this recognition.”
Hudson works diligently to assist and facilitate youth and disabled hunters in their pursuit of outdoors activities. He volunteers and assists with the Wheelin’ Sportsmen’s hunting and fishing events, assists with NWTF “Jakes” events with firearms and archery, volunteers for the Five Star Youth Camps and Cub Scouts at Camp ASCCA with instruction in shooting, fishing and archery. Hudson personally participates in assisting youth during local youth deer hunts and dove hunts for children that do not have a parent available to assist the child during the hunt.
Hudson resides in Wetumpka.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) 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 Alabama’s catfish species and ADCNR, visit www.OutdoorAlabama.com.
PHOTO: James “Hasty” Hudson, center, was joined at the awards ceremony by Capt. Larry Hicks, left, and Enforcement Section Chief Allan Andress.