The Big Picture: Fish and Game Budget
Where the money comes from; where the money goes
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is primarily a self-supporting
agency. Currently, the Department uses revenue from fishing and
hunting license fees, federal funds and other sources to accomplish
its broad mission of conserving, managing and protecting the state’s
fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats; informing and
educating the public; and providing opportunities for people to use and
appreciate these resources.
As the charts below show, Fish and Game’s budget sustains
the full range of habitat and fish and wildlife management tasks,
plus conservation education, law enforcement, search and rescue
and support work. All of these are essential to ensure that
the Department can effectively serve the wildlife and people
of New Hampshire.
*The fine print: What do all those numbers
and categories mean?
License Fee Revenue: Includes all resident and nonresident fishing and hunting licenses received for FY.
Other Miscellaneous Unrestricted Revenues: Includes court and license agent fines and penalties, sales of surplus property, miscellaneous sales, and interest earnings.
Other Agency Income: Includes $5 Boat surcharge; $1 Search & Rescue surcharge on boat, OHRV and snowmobile registrations; Nongame donations and program income; State General Fund match for Nongame - $50,000; Conservation License Plate Funds; Miscellaneous donations and income.
Federal Funds: Sport Fish Restoration Act (Dingell-Johnson and the Wallop-Breaux Amendment) for inland fisheries management, boat access and aquatic resources education; Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson) for wildlife management and hunter education; State Wildlife Grants; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for marine fisheries management, the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve program and marine law enforcement; and other Federal sources.