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Forum staff reports, Published February 23 2013

North Dakota Senate OKs hunting, fishing fee increases

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s Senate has endorsed a measure to increase hunting, fishing and boating fees.

The state Game and Fish Department requested the increase to fees to maintain services and increase habitat. The fees would increase an average of about 15 percent.

The Senate approved the measure Thursday. It now goes to the House for review.

Agency Director Terry Steinwand has said license sales and fees have not kept up with inflation, and some haven’t been raised in more than 30 years. The proposed fee increase would raise about $5 million over the next two years.

The agency receives no money from the state’s general fund. It is supported by state licensing fees and federal tax money from the sale of firearms, ammunition and other sporting equipment.