[Federal Register: August 8, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 154)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-R-2008-NO181] [93261-1261-0000-5A]

Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for Approval; Hunting and Fishing Application Forms and 
Activity Reports for National Wildlife Refuges

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. The ICR, which 
is summarized below, describes the nature of the collection and the 
estimated burden and cost. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person 
is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it 
displays a currently valid OMB control number.

DATES: You must send comments on or before September 8, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this ICR to the Desk 
Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-
6566 (fax) or OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (e-mail). Please provide a copy 
of your comments to Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance 
Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 North Fairfax 
Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail) or hope_grey@fws.gov (e-mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Hope Grey by mail or e-mail (see ADDRESSES) or 
by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

    OMB Control Number: None. This is a new collection.
    Title: Hunting and Fishing Application Forms and Activity Reports 
for National Wildlife Refuges, 50 CFR 25.41, 25.43, 25.51, 26.32, 
26.33, 27.42, 30.11, 31.15, 32.1 to 32.72.
    Service Form Number(s): FWS Forms 3-2354, 3-2355, 3-2356, 3-2357,3-
2358, 3-2359, 3-2360, 3-2361, 3-2362.
    Type of Request: New collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals and households.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion. For applications, usually 
once per year at beginning of hunting season. For activity reports, 
once at conclusion of hunting/fishing experience.
    Nonhour Cost Burden: We estimate the annual nonhour cost burden to 
be $60,000 for hunting application fees at some refuges.

                                   Number of annual    Number of annual   Completion time per    Annual burden
            Activity                  respondents          responses            response             hours
FWS Form 3-2354 (Quota Deer Hunt             175,000             175,000  30 minutes.........             87,500
FWS Form 3-2355 (Waterfowl                    90,000              90,000  30 minutes.........             45,000
 Lottery Application).
FWS Form 3-2356 (Big Game Hunt                 2,500               2,500  30 minutes.........              1,250
FWS Form 3-2357 (Migratory Bird                5,000               5,000  30 minutes.........              2,500
 Hunt Application).
FWS Form 3-2358 (Fishing/                      2,500               2,500  30 minutes.........              1,250
 Shrimping/Crabbing Application).
FWS Form 3-2359 (Big Game                     85,000              85,000  15 minutes.........             21,250
 Harvest Report).
FWS Form 3-2360 (Fishing Report)             400,000             400,000  15 minutes.........            100,000
FWS Form 3-2361 (Migratory Bird               30,000              30,000  15 minutes.........              7,500
 Hunt Report.
FWS Form 3-2362 (Upland/Small                 25,000              25,000  15 minutes.........              6,250
 Game/Furbearer Report).
    Totals......................             815,000             815,000  ...................            272,500

    Abstract: The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 
1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee), as amended (Administration Act), and the 
Refuge Recreation Act of 1962 (16 U.S.C. 460k-460k-4) (Recreation Act) 
govern the administration and uses of national wildlife refuges and 
wetland management districts. The Administration Act consolidated all 
the different refuge areas into a single Refuge System. It also 
authorizes us to permit public uses, including hunting and fishing, on 
lands of the Refuge System when we find that the activity is compatible 
and appropriate with the purpose for which the refuge was established. 
The Recreation Act allows the use of refuges for public recreation when 
the use is not inconsistent or does

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not interfere with the primary purpose(s) of the refuge.
    There are 389 national wildlife refuges where we administer hunting 
and/or fishing programs. We only collect user information at about 20 
percent of these refuges. Information that we plan to collect will help 
us to:
    (1) Administer and monitor hunting and fishing programs on refuges.
    (2) Distribute hunting and fishing permits in a fair and equitable 
manner to eligible participants.
    We are proposing nine new application and report forms associated 
with hunting and fishing on refuges. We may not allow all opportunities 
on all refuges; therefore, we developed different forms to simplify the 
process and avoid confusion for applicants. Not all refuges will use 
each form and some refuges may collect the identical information in a 
nonform format.
    We will use the following application forms when we assign areas, 
dates, and/or types of hunts via a drawing because of limited 
resources, high demand, or when a permit is needed to hunt. We will 
issue application forms for specific periods, usually seasonally or 
    (1) FWS Form 3-2354 (Quota Deer Hunt Application).
    (2) FWS Form 3-2355 (Waterfowl Lottery Application).
    (3) FWS Form 3-2356 (Big Game Hunt Application).
    (4) FWS Form 3-2357 (Migratory Bird Hunt Application).
    (5) FWS Form 3-2358 (Fishing/Shrimping/Crabbing Application)
    We plan to collect information on:
    (1) Applicant (name, address, phone number) so that we can notify 
applicants of their selection.
    (2) User preferences (dates, areas, method) so that we can 
distribute users equitably.
    (3) Whether or not the applicant is applying for a special 
opportunity for disabled or youth hunters.
    (4) Age of youth hunter(s) so that we can establish eligibility.
    We will ask users to report on their success after their experience 
so that we can evaluate hunting/fishing quality and resource impacts. 
We will use the following activity reports, which we will distribute 
during appropriate seasons, as determined by State or Federal 
    (1) FWS Form 3-2359 (Big Game Harvest Report).
    (2) FWS Form 3-2360 (Fishing Report).
    (3) FWS Form 3-2361 (Migratory Bird Hunt Report).
    (4) FWS Form 3-2362 (Upland/Small Game/Furbearer Report).
    We plan to collect information on:
    (1) Names of users so we can differentiate between responses.
    (2) City and State of residence so that we can better understand if 
users are local or traveling.
    (3) Dates, time, and number in party so we can identify use trends 
to allocate staff and resources.
    (4) Details of success by species so that we can evaluate quality 
of experience and resource impacts.
    Comments: On April 22, 2008, we published a notice in the Federal 
Register (72 FR 21640) announcing our intent to request that OMB 
approve this information collection. We solicited public comment for 60 
days, ending on June 23, 2008. We did not receive any comments in 
response to this notice.
    We again invite comments concerning this information collection on:
    (1) whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
    (2) the accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection 
of information;
    (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 
address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you 
should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal 
identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. 
While you can ask OMB in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it 
will be done.

    Dated: June 30, 2008
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E8-18339 Filed 8-7-08; 8:45 am]