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.