[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 15 (Tuesday, January 24, 2012)]
[Pages 3492-3493]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-1322]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-R-2012-N014; FF09R81000-FXRS126309000009X-123]

Information Collection Request 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 (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize 
the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the 
estimated burden and cost. This information collection is scheduled to 
expire on January 31, 2012. 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. However, under OMB 
regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information 
collection while it is pending at OMB.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before February 23, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information 
collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at 
OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (email). 
Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042-
PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail), or 
INFOCOL@fws.gov (email). Please include ``1018-0140'' in the subject 
line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (email) or (703) 
358-2482 (telephone). You may review the ICR online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the 
Interior collections under review by OMB.

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0140.
    Title: Hunting and Fishing Application Forms and Activity Reports 
for National Wildlife Refuges, 50 CFR 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, and 32.
    Service Form Number(s): FWS Forms 3-2354, 3-2355, 3-2356, 3-2357, 
3-2358, 3-2359, 3-2360, 3-2361, and 3-2362.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Description of Respondents: 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 the beginning of the hunting season; for activity 
reports, once at the conclusion of the 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       Number of       time per      Total annual
                    Activity                        respondents      responses       response      burden hours
FWS Form 3-2354.................................         180,000         180,000              30          90,000
FWS Form 3-2355.................................          93,000          93,000              30          46,500

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FWS Form 3-2356.................................           2,600           2,600              30           1,300
FWS Form 3-2357.................................           5,200           5,200              30           2,600
FWS Form 3-2358.................................           2,600           2,600              30           1,300
FWS Form 3-2359.................................          88,000          88,000              15          22,000
FWS Form 3-2360.................................         412,000         412,000              15         103,000
FWS Form 3-2361.................................          31,000          31,000              15           7,750
FWS Form 3-2362.................................          26,000          26,000              15           6,500
    Totals......................................         840,400         840,400  ..............         280,950

    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 not interfere with the primary 
purpose(s) of the refuge.
    There are 408 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 
     Administer and monitor hunting and fishing programs on 
     Distribute hunting and fishing permits in a fair and 
equitable manner to eligible participants.
    We use nine 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. The currently approved 
forms are available online at http://www.fws.gov/forms/. Not all 
refuges will use each form and some refuges may collect the identical 
information in a nonform format.
    We 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 issue application forms 
for specific periods, usually seasonally or annually.
     FWS Form 3-2354 (Quota Deer Hunt Application).
     FWS Form 3-2355 (Waterfowl Lottery Application).
     FWS Form 3-2356 (Big/Upland Game Hunt Application).
     FWS Form 3-2357 (Migratory Bird Hunt Application).
     FWS Form 3-2358 (Fishing/Shrimping/Crabbing Application).
    We collect information on:
     Applicant (name, address, phone number) so that we can 
notify applicants of their selection.
     User preferences (dates, areas, method) so that we can 
distribute users equitably.
     Whether or not the applicant is applying for a special 
opportunity for disabled or youth hunters.
     Age of youth hunter(s) so that we can establish 
    We ask users to report on their success after their experience so 
that we can evaluate hunting/fishing quality and resource impacts. We 
use the following activity reports, which we distribute during 
appropriate seasons, as determined by State or Federal regulations.
     FWS Form 3-2359 (Big Game Harvest Report).
     FWS Form 3-2360 (Fishing Report).
     FWS Form 3-2361 (Migratory Bird Hunt Report).
     FWS Form 3-2362 (Upland/Small Game/Furbearer Report).
    We collect information on:
     Names of users so we can differentiate between responses.
     City and State of residence so that we can better 
understand if users are local or traveling.
     Dates, time, and number in party so we can identify use 
trends and allocate staff and resources.
     Details of success by species so that we can evaluate 
quality of experience and resource impacts.
    Comments: On July 20, 2011, we published in the Federal Register 
(76 FR 43337) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew approval 
for this information collection. We solicited comments for 60 days, 
ending on September 19, 2011. We did not receive any comments.
    We again invite comments concerning this information collection on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. Before including your address, phone number, email 
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: January 18, 2012.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-1322 Filed 1-23-12; 8:45 am]