North Dakota fishing down, hunting interest up

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Bismarck, ND) -- Fewer people are fishing in North Dakota, while interest in hunting is up.

The drop in fishing reflects a five year trend of declining sales of fishing licenses in the state.

Wildlife officials say interest in hunting is up compared to the same time last year. Non-residents are especially interested in hunting in North Dakota.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department relies entirely on license sales and a federal tax on firearm and boat purchases for its funding.