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Alabama Symbols, Emblems, and Honors

for Kids

Official Alabama Game Bird

Wild Turkey

 

photo of wild turkey

 

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.

 

photo of Governor Lurleen Wallace with turkey

 

Sources:

Act 80-734, Acts of Alabama, May 28, 1980 Alabama Conservation Magazine

 

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Updated: January 22, 2010

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