I'm very slowly developing a fantasy story where one of the characters has a bounty on his head, and I'd like to know how the real thing works. In my story, the character's nation of origin allows private citizens to place bounties on people provided they meet some strict criteria (i.e. can prove they have the money to pay both the hunter and the fees the government charges for placing a private bounty.) Is this close to how it works in real life? My understanding of real life is that the government offers bounties and not private citizens.