Hunting, fishing thrive as pandemic sends Alabamians outdoors

Judy Kirkland of Coy, Ala., and her catch.
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BY TODD PRATER | Selma Sun Staff 

Fishing and hunting are allowed even under the stay-at-home order, so more Alabamians are reconnecting with the outdoors. And Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Chuck Sykes is delighted. 

“There are a lot of people going outside now who never have in the past, and they’re seeing what we have to offer and are beginning to see the need for these open spaces and well-managed wildlife habitats,” Sykes said.  

People lost touch with the land and did not see the value in what departments like WFF do, Sykes said. But as stores and restaurants closed and events were cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sykes said the outdoor industry became “the most relevant game in town.”

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