Murkowski defends funds for archery, hunter safety education

Two bills aimed at ensuring the availability of federal funds for schools to teach archery and hunter safety education are now co-sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in the U.S. Senate.

They include the Allowing for Recreational Resources for Outdoor Wellness (ARROW) Act led by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and the Defending Hunters Education Act, led by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana.

Both bills would ensure federal funds for Alaska schools that choose to teach the next generation how to safely and responsibly enjoy these traditional Alaska hunting practices, she said.

“Hunting is a way of life in Alaska,” Murkowski said. “It’s how many of us fill our freezers with healthy protein for the winter. Hunter safety is a critical life skill to pass on to future generations of Alaskans and should be taught at home and in schools.”

Murkowski said she is working with Senate colleagues to preserve schools’ ability to teach students how to safely handle firearms, compete in archery and use cutting tools in culinary classes.

“Senators from both sides of the aisle have introduced legislation to ensure the Department of Education implements the law as intended,” she said.

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The proposed legislation was promoted by guidance issued by the Department of Education on how the agency plans to implement the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, passed in June of 2022. Murkowski said the agency plans to block federal funds for school archery and hunting programs, which conflicts with congressional intent and goes beyond the intended scope of the legislation.

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