HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Kansas fishing and hunting industry has seen a sharp increase in license sales since the coronavirus pandemic began.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says that between March 1 and June 1 the state sold 11,049 residential combo hunting and fishing licenses, up from 8,870 in 2019.
The increase comes as good fiscal news for the agency after the sale of out-of-state turkey hunting permits were suspended in April after Gov. Laura Kelly passed an executive order to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
The Hutchinson News reports widespread flooding also affected the state, preventing camping and cabin rentals in many state parks.