[Federal Register: April 22, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 78)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Proposed Information Collection; Hunting and Fishing Application 
and Report Forms for National Wildlife Refuges

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY:  We (Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) 
described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take 
this opportunity to comment on this IC. 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 submit comments on or before June 23, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to Hope Grey, Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); hope--
grey@fws.gov (e-mail); or (703) 358-2269 (fax).

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

I. 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 on lands of the National Wildlife 
Refuge System and identifies six priority public uses on national 
wildlife refuges, including hunting and fishing. The Administration Act 
instructs us that these uses are ``legitimate and appropriate general 
public use of the System, directly related to the mission of the System 
and the purposes of many refuges, and which generally fosters refuge 
management and through which the American public can develop an 
appreciation for fish and wildlife.''
    The Administration Act also directs us to: ``provide increased 
opportunities for families to experience compatible wildlife-dependent 
recreation, particularly opportunities for parents and their children 
to safely engage in traditional outdoor activities, such as fishing and 
    The Recreation Act allows the use of refuges for public recreation 
when it is not inconsistent or does 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 require different forms for each. Not all 
refuges will use each form and some refuges may collect the 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 hunt quality and resource impacts. We will use 
the following activity reports, which we will distribute during 
appropriate seasons, as

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determined by State or Federal regulations.
    (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 Game Hunt 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.
II. Data
    OMB Control Number: None. This is a new collection.
    Title: Hunting and Fishing Application Forms and Reports for 
National Wildlife Refuges
    Service Form Number(s): 3-2354, 3-2355, 3-2356, 3-2357, 3-2358, 3-
2359, 3-2360, 3-2361, and 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.

                                   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                5,000               5,000  15 minutes.........              1,250
 Hunt Report.
FWS Form 3-2362 (Upland Game                  50,000              50,000  15 minutes.........             12,500
 Hunt Report).
    Totals......................             815,000             815,000  ...................            261,250

III. Request for Comments
     We invite comments concerning this IC 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. We will include and/or summarize each comment in our 
request to OMB to approve this IC. 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 us in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Dated: April 2, 2008.
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E8-8674 Filed 4-21-08; 8:45 am]

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