The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) has partnered with Responsive Management, a Virginia-based research firm, on a study examining motivations for the purchases of Supervision Required Status Hunting Licenses and the most important “next step” guidance needed for these license holders to become lifelong hunters.

Supervision Required Status Hunting License holders in Alabama may receive a telephone call from Responsive Management researchers, who will be surveying license holders over the next several weeks. The survey will be conducted entirely by telephone and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Temporary hunting license holders in several other states will be contacted as part of the research study as well.

Supervision Required Status Hunting License holders are hunters who, in lieu of passing the hunter education course, must be within hearing distance (no more than 30 feet away) from a properly licensed hunter 21 years of age or older at all times while hunting.

“We encourage Alabama hunters to participate in the study if they should be called by Responsive Management,” said Ray Metzler, Wildlife Section Assistant Chief, Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. “The information collected will allow the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to better understand the license buying trends and interests of Alabama hunters.”

Responsive Management maintains the confidentiality and anonymity of the survey respondents, and guarantees personal information will not be sold or shared with any outside party. Contact identification is only used for statistical purposes and is available in a form only identifiable to Responsive Management. Responsive Management guarantees that personnel will not access data or information unrelated to project requirements or duties, will not disclose to any other person, or allow any other person access to any information that is proprietary or confidential.

Responsive Management has been conducting textbook-quality research for natural resource and outdoor recreation organizations for 20 years, including substantial work for ADCNR. Responsive Management’s research has been used in peer-reviewed journals and presented at major natural resource and outdoor recreation conferences across the world. The firm’s research has been featured in many of the nation’s top media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Washington Post and USA Today.

For more information about Responsive Management visit For more information about Hunter Education in Alabama visit the hunter education section of If you have any questions about the study or would like additional information, please contact Ray Metzler, Assistant Chief of Wildlife by email at

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