LANSING (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have agreed to spend $180,000 to buy pheasants to promote hunting.

The money was included in a spending bill signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder in his final days in office. The pheasants would be released in state game areas to enhance hunting opportunities.

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The Legislature told the Department of Natural Resources to evaluate the program for possible renewal in future years. Lawmakers want the DNR to learn if the pheasant program gives a boost to small game hunting.

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The opinions of hunters will be important. The DNR is also being told to explore whether the release of pheasants reduces any conflicts between hunters.

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