Corky Pugh, who had a long and distinguished career with the State of Alabama, has formed a Foundation and Advocacy Group for Alabama citizens. At the end of a 35-year career as the head of Alabama’s Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, Corky established two non-profit corporations: the Hunting Heritage Foundation and H.U.N.T. Alabama (Hunters United Now and Tomorrow). The Hunting Heritage Foundation was created to build participation in hunting in Alabama and to educate the public about the values that accrue to natural resources and to society from sustained support for hunting.
Corky is dedicated and deeply committed to standing up for hunters, and he believes the Hunting Heritage Foundation will be a positive voice for hunting. Formed as an advocacy group to lobby in the Legislature for sound public policy on hunting issues, H.U.N.T. Alabama, is a grass-roots political organization, representing rank-and-file hunters across the state.
In 1937, Congress passed the historic Pittman-Robertson Act, otherwise known as the Wildlife Restoration Act. That Act dedicates a federal excise tax, collected from manufacturers of firearms and ammunition, for wildlife management purposes. These federal funds are available to the states to match state hunting license dollars on a basis of $3 in federal funds for each $1 in state funds for wildlife-related work carried out by the states.
Maintaining a broad base of hunters is critically important in continuing to provide funding for management and protection of wildlife resources. The formula for allocation of Wildlife Restoration dollars is essentially based on the number of hunting licenses sold in each state. Every individual licensed hunter, regardless of how frequently the licensee hunts, counts exactly the same for license revenues and matching federal funds.
Corky is serving as Executive Director of both non-profits. The following persons serve on the Board of Directors for each of the entities: Robert Almon, Tuscaloosa; Quincey Banks, Eufaula; Rebecca Pritchett, Birmingham; Ross Self, Gulf Shores; and Doug Smith, Minter. Corky had this to say when he announced the new endeavor:
2012 marks the 75th year that hunters have paid for wildlife management and protection. Yet, most people don’t even know about the Wildlife Restoration program and how it works. All Americans benefit in many ways from this hunter-funded program.
We wish Corky the very best in this endeavor. I can think of no better person to stand up for hunters and hunting rights than this man. Corky served our state extremely well and was dedicated to his work.
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