Alabama Symbols, Emblems, and Honors
Official Alabama Game Bird
Photograph from: Alabama Conservation Magazine
The wild turkey is one of the most common game birds in the United States. In the early 20th century turkeys became rare in Alabama due to over-hunting. The Alabama Game and Fish Division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources started a wild turkey restocking program in the 1940s. Now, Alabama has one of the largest per-acre populations of wild turkeys of any state in the United States.
Alabama Governor Lurleen Wallace once shot a 15 lb. turkey.
Act 80-734, Acts of Alabama, May 28, 1980 Alabama Conservation Magazine
Updated: January 22, 2010