Among the 70 hunters were top corporate officials of Wal-Mart, Bass Pro Shops, and Academy Sports, as well as manufacturers of outdoor products like Mossy Oak Apparel, Lynch Calls, Leatherman Tool Group, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, and Quaker Boy Calls. ESPN Outdoors, Outdoor Life TV, USA Outback TV, television hosts of national outdoors programs and
“It’s a great economic opportunity and a great economic development tool,” said Governor Bob Riley. “If you bring people to
The direct economic impact of the three-day event on the
“It was just fantastic!” said John Mosley of the Alabama Development Office and a member of the committee which organized the event. “The hunt showcased the state wonderfully. We had 17 industry people here who hunted and had a great time. We had representatives from some companies which recently located here and are looking to expand later. We want them to consider
Governor Riley hosts the annual event for three important reasons: it is an innovative and effective way to promote industrial development in the financially strapped counties surrounding Tuscaloosa; hunting and fishing and other nature-based recreation contributes nearly $4 billion annually to Alabama’s economy; and because he personally enjoys hunting and fishing.