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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > About Us > Funding for Fish & Wildlife Funding for Fish & Wildlife

The Division of Fish & Wildlife sells hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. All revenue is used for managing fish and wildlife resources in Indiana. No license money goes into the state general fund.

  • The DFW also receives money through the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Programs administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Indiana receives approximately $11 for every person who purchases a fishing license and $25 for every person who purchases a hunting license. Indiana received nearly $14 million in federal reimbursement in 2013. This money is used to manage fish and wildlife resources in Indiana. So, even if you don’t hunt or fish, you can buy a combination license at $25/year and Indiana will receive an additional $36 in federal funds to be used for fish and wildlife conservation.

 

 

Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Cycle of Success

    Historical License Sales

    Historical license sales for Indiana (and all states) can be found at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website.  Detailed license sales by license type are not available prior to 2006, when the Division of Fish & Wildlife implemented the electronic license system.  Resident hunting, fishing, and trapping license sales summarized by season (April 1 to March 31) and county of residence.

    Resident hunting, fishing, and trapping license sales are summarized by season (April 1 to March 31) and county of residence.

    Non-resident hunting, fishing, and trapping license sales are summarized by season and state of residence.