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      Michigan Legislature approves fund to promote hunting

      <p>Michigan lawmakers have voted to create a fund to sell the public on the benefits of hunting.</p>

      Michigan lawmakers have voted to create a fund to sell the public on the benefits of hunting.

      The legislation headed to Gov. Rick Snyder won final approval Thursday on 25-13 and 79-30 votes in the Senate and House. Democrats object that the money might be used to defend a wolf-hunting law before a statewide referendum vote next November.

      The Michigan Wildlife Management Public Education Fund would be funded with a portion of higher hunting and fishing fees taking effect in 2014.

      A council would spend money on a media-based information program promoting the role sportsmen and sportswomen play in furthering wildlife conservation. It's modeled on a Colorado program.

      The fund would receive about $1.6 million a year from an already approved $1 surcharge on new base hunting and fishing licenses.

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