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When I hunted in Oregon, I had to pay for the federal harvest information validation. Then I come back to Idaho and had to pay it again so I could hunt doves last fall. What's the deal with that?

It is for a federal program, so why do the states charge for it and every one of them charges for it individually? It's not a lot of money but it doesn't seem right.

Answer

You're right; the Harvest Information Program is a federal program. It is aimed at gaining better information on the hunter harvest of migratory birds. But the individual states do the collection of information, so they charge to cover costs incurred because most state wildlife agencies, like Idaho's, are almost completely funded by what amounts to user fees.