Hunting, fishing contribute $2.1 billion to ND's economy during 2017-18 season

BISMARCK, N.D. - Hunting and fishing in North Dakota brought in about $2.1 billion to the state's economy during the 2017-18 hunting season.

Anglers contributed more than hunters as they spent more $780 million compared to hunters who spent just short of $190 million.

“The last expenditure survey that was done in 2011 and 12 shows that we have since then, a $330 million increase since the last expenditure survey was conducted, so I think we're on the right track,” said Scott Peterson, deputy director of North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Peterson said the Game and Fish Department likes to keep track of large trends to see if there is an increase or decrease in expenditures, which determines how it does business in North Dakota.