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."

A state lawmaker says he failed to reach a compromise with Alabama conservation officials over a proposed game rule affecting as many as 250,000 hunters.

That means legislators could intervene just before the opening of fall deer season next month.

State Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville says conservation leaders appear unwilling to make changes to a proposed rule that would require hunters to report details about deer or turkey kills to the state within 24 hours.