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Questions raised about new Ala game reporting rule
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Claims of government overreach and questions of logistics surround a planned state wildlife program.
Under a proposed rule, hunters would be required to notify the state within 24 hours of killing a deer or turkey.
The program is called Game Check. Officials say they need the information to make sure wildlife is healthy. Violators could face fines.
But Republican state Sen. Paul Sanford, of Huntsville, wants to amend or block the program. He says it's aimed at increasing state revenues. And hunters worry about being able to make reports when camped out in remote areas.
The director of the state wildlife division denies the program is meant to increase revenues. Chuck Sykes says it's about gathering information to manage wildlife.
Sykes says officers will be lenient on reporting violations.