Brandon Tucker of Baker, La., is the winner of a Yamaha four-wheeler awarded as first prize in the 2013 Outdoor Alabama Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes was conducted by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) on its website, www.outdooralabama.com, and Tucker’s name was randomly selected from all the entrants. The Yamaha Grizzly 450 four-wheeler, valued at $7,000, was donated by the Montgomery Yamaha dealership and Yamaha Motors.
Two second prize sweepstakes winners were awarded Alabama State Parks gift cards in the amount of $300 each. Mack Vise of Semmes, Ala., and Mark Knower of Mandeville, La., were the gift card winners.
Tucker purchased an Alabama hunting license for the first time last year when he hunted on some family land in the state and on the Frank W. and Rob M. Boykin Wildlife Management Area. After the license purchase, he took advantage of the opportunity to enter the Outdoor Alabama Sweepstakes, but never dreamed he would actually win. “I was ecstatic,” he said of his reaction when he opened the notification letter.
Tucker picked up his new four-wheeler in Montgomery with his wife Tiffany and stepson Samuel “Gip” Kamphuis. All three were excited about having the four-wheeler to use. David Huneycutt, general manager of the Montgomery Yamaha dealership, presented Tucker with the four-wheeler and gave him a safety briefing on its operation.
Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr. created the sweepstakes to bring attention to online availability of hunting and fishing licenses. “Many people don’t know that you can purchase hunting and fishing licenses from your home computer or mobile phone. I thought this would be a great way to promote the fact that this process is easy and available.” Purchasing a license was not a requirement to enter the sweepstakes. “I really appreciate Montgomery Yamaha, Yamaha Motors and Alabama State Parks providing the prizes for the sweepstakes. We could not have done it without their generosity,” he said.
Huneycutt said the dealership enjoys partnering with ADCNR on the sweepstakes. “We look forward to doing it again next year,” he said.
Photo, left to right: Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Chuck Sykes, Brandon Tucker, Montgomery Yamaha General Manager David Huneycutt and Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr.