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Press Release

Let ADCNR Be Your Personal Shopper This Holiday Season

November 29, 2006

CONTACT: Kim Nix                    

 334-242-3157

As the holidays approach, time seems to run short when it comes to shopping for those perfect gifts. Not to mention fighting the crowds and competing for parking spaces. And what about those people who are hard to buy for? You know, Aunt Betty who has practically everything or your 18-year old nephew Chuck who stays in the woods hunting more than he stays anywhere else. Well, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) can make your holiday shopping easier and a lot more convenient by offering great gift ideas that can be purchased with a strike of the computer keyboard or a phone call. Even Santa agrees that shopping with ADCNR is the way to go, whether it’s gifts for hunters, anglers, nature lovers, or folks who just love the outdoors.

For the person who has everything, why not give them a trip to one of Alabama’s 22 state parks? You can purchase an Alabama State Park Gift Card for any amount you wish that can be redeemed for most services offered including lodging, food, recreational activities and more. Alabama’s State Parks also offer special lodging packages that make excellent gifts for singles, couples, or families. Contact  1-800-ALA-PARK, 334-242-3154, or visit www.alapark.com.

Surprise Aunt Betty or any special lady by giving her a unique gift to attend a Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) weekend workshop. The workshops are held the first weekends of March and October each year and are currently $199 for the weekend, which includes meals and lodging. For many women, this has been the incentive they have needed to discover the exciting experiences of outdoor activities such as archery, shooting, boating, wildlife watching, arts and crafts, and much more. Call 800-262-3151 for information about the BOW program and to purchase gift certificates.

Avid hunters on your Christmas list will be sure to love the gift of a lifetime hunting or fishing license. Lifetime licenses are available to Alabama residents starting at $150 for freshwater fishing, $250 for saltwater fishing and $300 for hunting. Various combination licenses are also available. Call 334-242-3832 for an application; or easier still, order online with a credit card at www.outdooralabama.com.

You may want to include a subscription to Outdoor Alabama magazine, the official publication of the Department of Conservation, for family and friends to find out about the best of Alabama’s wildlife, natural diversity, outdoor adventures and scenic beauty. For only $8, this gift is delivered five times per year and includes a calendar issue. Two-year subscriptions are available for $14 and three years for $20. Subscriptions can be purchased by calling 877-339-0508 or by visiting https://www.alabamainteractive.org/oamag/.   

The Outdoor Alabama Nature Shop online provides a variety of gift items with an outdoors theme. Hats, t-shirts and polo shirts embroidered with the Outdoor Alabama log are available along with Christmas ornaments, a limited-edition 2005 commemorative turkey box call, collectable wildlife pins of fine pewter, plush Audubon birds that sing, and several wildlife books for both the kids and grownups on your list.

Huge selections of gift items are also available from sporting goods stores for hunters, anglers, boaters, bird watchers and nature lovers. Items promoting safety such as hunter orange caps and vests; safety straps and harnesses to use when hunting from tree stands; and flashlights that not only light the way through the woods but also indicate the hunter’s presence to others make great gifts and stocking stuffers. Many other items contribute to a hunter’s comfort and convenience, from hand warmers to cushioned seats to packs or bags for carrying necessary gear. The same stores usually carry a large selection of supplies for anglers and boaters – rods, reels, nets, lures, tackle boxes, paddles, safety gear and everything else needed for all kinds of fishing and waterway enjoyment. Binoculars and birding books are a sure hit for the bird watcher who love to visit one of Alabama’s birding trails where over 400 species of birds can be found in the blue skies above Alabama.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit www.outdooralabama.com.

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