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Lawmakers plan bill to boost outdoor sports


MADISON (AP) -- Republican legislators have introduced a sweeping bill designed to encourage more people to go hunting, fishing and trapping.

The package calls for dramatically slashing hunting and trapping license fees for first-time applicants or applicants who haven't participated in the sports for a decade. It also would allow applicants to name someone as a referral, qualifying that person for $20 discount on his or her license.

The measure would lower the minimum age for sturgeon spearing from 14 to 12, create adult-only hunter and trapper education courses, create a free ice-fishing weekend and establish a 15-member outdoor sports retention task force.

Dean Hamilton is president of the United Sportsmen of Wisconsin. He says he can't imagine anyone opposing the measure.

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