The new 2017-2018 Duck Stamp
The new 2017-2018 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (also known as the Duck Stamp) was released late last month. While waterfowl hunters, 16 years of age or older are required to purchase stamps in order to hunt migratory waterfowl, anyone can contribute to conservation by buying Duck Stamps.
Funds from the sale of the Duck Stamp have done more than perhaps any other program to conserve habitat important to ducks and many other of our native species.
Each stamp costs $25. In addition, a current Duck Stamp serves as a free annual pass (until next July) into any National Wildlife Refuge that may charge an entry fee.
The funds go to conserve wetland, bottomland, and grassland habitats for the National Wildlife Refuge System for the benefit of waterfowl as well as other birds and wildlife. Almost all (c. 98%) of the money collected from the stamp goes to habitat acquisition. Investments of stamp dollars have gone into securing habitat at 253 different National Wildlife Refuges and have helped preserve about three million additional acres in the smaller Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs). The current stamp is valid from July 2017 through June 2018.
James Hautman, wildlife artist from Minnesota, had his wonderful artwork with three flying Canada Geese chosen in a contest last September to determine whose artwork would appear on this new stamp.
Visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service web site for more information and to order your conservation duck stamp.