The state Senate has approved a wide-ranging bill designed to boost outdoor recreation.
The Republican measure would create an outdoor recreation council to advise the governor and the Natural Resources Board on hunting and fishing issues and prepare biennial reports on hunter retention.
The bill calls for online hunting and trapping education courses and would authorize school boards to award a half-credit to students who complete one of the courses. It would reduce the minimum age for sturgeon spearing from 14 to 12 and give people who recruit hunters discounts on license fees.
The Senate passed the bill 31-1 Wednesday. The Assembly approved the measure in November. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.
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