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June 24, 2020Hutchinson, Kan. |  By: AP

Kansas fishing, hunting license sales spike amid pandemic

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - 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.