BISMARCK, North Dakota — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has paid $533,500 to counties in which it owns or leases land, about $52,500 more than for the previous year.
The payments are in lieu of property taxes. The payments for 2014 ranged from less than $90 in Ward and Griggs counties to more than $54,000 in Sheridan, McLean and Wells counties.
The department manages more than 200,000 acres for wildlife habitat and public hunting in 51 counties. The department does not own or manage any land in Traill or Renville counties.