Alabama Conservation Department

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The state is dropping a rule that requires hunters to report all the deer and turkey they kill beginning next month.

The state wildlife agency said Friday the reporting will now be voluntary, not mandatory.

The change came after a Republican legislator said he would block the rules if the Conservation Department didn't make major changes in the program, called "Game Check."

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  The state conservation department says it may eliminate some services and cut back hours of operation at state parks across Alabama.

The department's state parks director, Gregory Lien, has written a letter to community leaders explaining the circumstances.

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. Instead, the parks would rely only on the money they generate, which is not sufficient to maintain services.