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He blames state governments for “slamming the door on outdoor families the old-fashioned way: with outrageous fees for nonresident hunters, even when the hunting is done exclusively on federal land.”

For example, he says, an out-of-state license fee in Wyoming is $281 for deer and $481 for elk; in Colorado, it is $301 for deer, $501 for elk; in Montana, it is $643 for both. And in New Mexico, if two sons decide to take their dad on a weekend getaway, they each face fees of $355 for deer and $766 for elk.

Bookworms

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kennedy and fellow writers Ken Burns, JoyceCarol Oates, Harry Turtledove and David Baldacci are among several dozen accomplished authors who will join former librarian turned first lady Laura Bush next month at the 2007 National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress.

“This will be the seventh year of this extraordinary celebration of the joy of reading and the creativity of America’s writers and illustrators,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington says.

The event will take place on the National Mall, between Seventh and 14th streets Northwest, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29.

John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.