BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department says it has paid $621,000 to counties in which it owns or leases land, $23,000 less than the previous year.

The payments are in lieu of property taxes. The payments for 2017 ranged from less than $82 in Griggs County to more than $94,000 in McLean County.

Game and Fish manages more than 200,000 acres in 51 counties for wildlife habitat and public hunting. The department doesn't have any land in Traill or Renville counties.