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Stokes: Reverse Michigan hunting-fishing decline


LANSING, MI – The incoming director of Michigan's reorganized natural resources agency says he wants to reverse a steady decline in the number of people who hunt and fish in the

Gov.-elect Rick Snyder has named Rodney Stokes as director of the Department of Natural Resources. The incoming Republican governor is dividing the old Department of Natural Resources and Environment into two agencies.

Stokes tells The Detroit News he wants to do something about the slow but continuing drop in the number of people buying fishing and hunting licenses in Michigan.

He says he wants to expand the focus of the department's recruitment efforts beyond young people and encourage adults to take their neighbors hunting or fishing.

Stokes also says he has no plan to increase license fees, set in 1996.

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