[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 158 (Tuesday, August 18, 2009)]
[Page 41739]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-19697]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-MB-2009-N175; 91200-1231-WEBB-M3]

Proposed Information Collection; National Mourning Dove Hunter 
Attitude Survey on Nontoxic Shot

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: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, 
we must receive them by October 19, 2009.

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); or hope_
[email protected] (e-mail).

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


I. Abstract

    The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) (16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.) 
prohibits the unauthorized take of migratory birds and authorizes the 
Secretary of the Interior to regulate take of migratory birds in the 
United States. Under this authority, we control the hunting of 
migratory game birds through regulations in 50 CFR part 20. On January 
1, 1991, we banned lead shot for hunting waterfowl and coots in the 
United States. Wildlife managers and policymakers at all levels are 
becoming increasingly concerned about the exposure of mourning doves to 
spent lead shot.
    The mourning dove is the most-hunted migratory game bird species. 
We plan to ask OMB for approval to sponsor a National Mourning Dove 
Hunter Attitude Survey on Nontoxic Shot. The Missouri Department of 
Conservation will conduct the survey under the auspices of the 
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Service. Information 
from this survey will help us make nontoxic shot policy decisions and 
develop appropriate informational and educational programs if new 
regulations are necessary.
    Under the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) (50 CFR 
20.20), each State annually provides a list of all migratory bird 
hunters licensed by the State (OMB Control Number 1018-0023). We will 
use these lists to randomly select mourning dove hunters to participate 
in the proposed survey. We plan to collect:
    (1) Demographic information (e.g., respondent age, gender, income, 
education, and occupation).
    (2) Information on hunting experiences (e.g, hunter type, distance 
traveled to hunt, type of ammunition, frequency of hunting, and 
positive and negative aspects).
    (3) Perceptions of the benefits and concerns about the use of 
nontoxic shot.
    (4) Perceptions of the benefits and concerns about nontoxic shot 

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: None. This is a new collection.
    Title: National Mourning Dove Hunter Attitude Survey on Nontoxic 
    Service Form Number(s): 3-2386.
    Type of Request: New.
    Affected Public: Mourning dove hunters.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: One time.
    Total Annual Number of Responses: 23,400.
    Completion Time per Response: 7 minutes.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,730 hours.

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 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: August 11, 2009
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
FR Doc. E9-19697 Filed 8-17-09; 8:45 am