By Sam Friedman, Newsminer.com
Sportsmen spent more on Alaska sport hunting and fishing licenses last year than they have any year since 2008.
The 2015 Alaska hunting and fishing license data published last week show sportsmen spent $27.3 million on licenses and tags last year, an increase of about 5 percent from 2014. That’s not significant in the the scope of the state’s $3.5 billion deficit, but it’s one of the bright spots in this year’s budget.
The fees for sport licenses didn’t to go up last year, so the revenue increase came entirely from a bump in license, tag and stamp sales.