– Rep. Jamie Flick (R- Lycoming/Union) released the following statement on the Biden Administration’s decision to withhold funding for schools with hunting and archery programs.
“The Biden Administration’s recent decision that schools providing hunting and archery classes cannot receive federal funding is an egregious attack on education, sporting activities and the culture of the 83rd district and regions like it.
“As many of us know, hunting plays an incredibly important and regulated role in the safety and health of our Commonwealth’s ecosystems. Additionally, hunting programs are a great way for youth to learn responsibility and get involved in their communities.
“I would like to see the school districts in our region work closely with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the House Game and Fisheries Committee, to which I was recently assigned, and get more involved with hunter safety courses. This decision stands in the way of that.
“An important part of hunting is learning the role it plays in our Commonwealth and the many safety guidelines that must be followed. This decision will strip children of this educational opportunity that helps students practice hunting safely and effectively. For these reasons and as a lifelong hunter and member of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, I strongly oppose the Biden Administration’s decision.”