Alabama Conservation Department http://apr.org en State Drops Mandatory Reporting For Hunters http://apr.org/post/state-drops-mandatory-reporting-hunters <p></p><p>The state is dropping a rule that requires hunters to report all the deer and turkey they kill beginning next month.</p><p>The state wildlife agency said Friday the reporting will now be voluntary, not mandatory.</p><p>The change came after a Republican legislator said he would block the rules if the Conservation Department didn&#39;t make major changes in the program, called &quot;Game Check.&quot;</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:04:58 +0000 The Associated Press 38730 at http://apr.org State Drops Mandatory Reporting For Hunters Cuts To State Park Operations May Be Ahead http://apr.org/post/cuts-state-park-operations-may-be-ahead <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN>The state conservation department says it may eliminate some services and cut back hours of operation at state parks across Alabama.</P> <P>The department's state parks director, Gregory Lien, has written a letter to community leaders explaining the circumstances.</P> <P>Parks officials said the possible cuts stem from pending legislation that would divert $5 million in tax revenue that has been used in prior years to support the parks. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 03:38:09 +0000 The Associated Press 27423 at http://apr.org Cuts To State Park Operations May Be Ahead