Republican Senator Justin Eichorn of Grand Rapids has authored a bill that would help establish through the Department of Natural Resources a program that would include firearms safety, archery, hunting and fishing in physical education classes in school. The hope is to start it out in 6 pilot schools and then possibly expand to include other schools.

Eichorn said the DNR would be required to get input from the state's tribal nations in developing the program. One of the goals of this legislation is to get young people introduced to outdoor sports and activities. Hunting and fishing interest has been on a slow decline recently in Minnesota.

The legislation asks for one million dollars over two years to cover the program costs. Similar legislation is moving through the senate with the senate's version including the sport of trap shooting.

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