Today I registered to enter the Swan Creek blind drawing and also to enter the lottery for a sandhill crane special season permit. I was surprised there was a fee associated with these lotteries totaling over $30. I believe this is the first time ever DCNR has charged a fee just to be in a draw. I could see a fee being assessed to the people that are drawn, but honestly I'm taken back by a fee just to enter the draw. My question is do other states charge a lottery entry fee for hunting related lotteries? There is another lottery that opens in a couple weeks, called a Special Opportunity Area (SOA), where those drawn get to hunt a portion of the WMA that is closed to the public and only hosts a few hunts all season for lottery winners. I suspect I'll have to pay for it as well on top of the $30 I already forked over, should I choose to enter. If I won I'd be happy to pay a usage fee. But pay just to enter seems like they're gouging the public's interest in hunting.