LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are moving to create a state fund to sell the public on the benefits of hunting.

Legislation up for a vote in the state House would create the Michigan Wildlife Management Public Education Fund. It would be funded with a portion of higher hunting and fishing fees recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

A council formed under the bill would spend money on a comprehensive media-based information program promoting the role sportsmen and sportswomen play in furthering wildlife conservation. The public also would be told the importance of hunting and fishing to the state's economy and cultural heritage.

The fund would receive approximately $1.6 million a year from an already approved $1 surcharge on new base hunting and fishing licenses.