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federal Duck Stamp

Updated September 27, 2011

 

Situational Overview

Since 1934, revenue from the sale of federal duck stamps has conserved more than 5 million acres of valuable waterfowl habitat.Many other species of wildlife benefit as well from these conservation efforts.The price of a duck stamp has not increased in 20 years, making it increasingly difficult to keep pace with the cost of protecting valuable migratory bird habitats.

Position

The Boone and Crockett Club supports increasing the price of a federal duck stamp. Consistent with its position on this issue, the Club has signed on to the American Wildlife Conservation Partners’ letter to USDI Secretary, Ken Salazar (attached) recommending a budget measure that would increase the price of a federal duck stamp from $15 to $25.The Club previously supported the AWCP’s position on this issue during past legislation to amend the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act (following).

 

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies * Ducks Unlimited * Pheasants Forever

June 5, 2011

The Honorable Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

Dear Secretary Salazar:

The organizations identified on this letter represent millions of hunter conservationists, wildlife scientists, and other conservationists that have a vital interest in wetland and migratory bird conservation. We are writing to express our strong support for the inclusion of an increase in the price of theMigratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act, also known as the Duck Stamp, in the budget.

The price of a federal duck stamp, currently at $15, has not increased since 1991, though the amount of land that can be secured from the stamp’s revenue has dramatically decreased.That is the longest period of time without any increase since the inception of the stamp program in 1934.As the consumer group most affected by this program, we ask that you allow us to raise this fee on ourselves and support a permanent increase in the price of this stamp from $15 to $25.

The Federal Duck Stamp Program, which sells the stamps both as waterfowl hunting permits and as a symbol of conservation, has conserved more than 5 million acres of valuable waterfowl habitat since its inception in 1934. More than 98 cents of every dollar from Federal Duck Stamp sales go directly toward conserving habitat specifically to benefit waterfowl.Many other species of wildlife benefit as well.

Thank you for your interest in the conservation of our nation’s migratory birds and their habitats.


Archery Trade Association * Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies * Bear Trust International * Boone and Crockett Club * Bowhunting Preservation Alliance * Campfire Club of America * Catch-A-Dream Foundation * Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation * Conservation Force * Delta Waterfowl Foundation * Ducks Unlimited * Houston Safari Club * Mule Deer Foundation * National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses * National Shooting Sports Foundation * National Trappers Association * National Wild Turkey Federation * North American Grouse Partnership * Pheasants Forever * Pope and Young Club * Quail Forever * Quail Unlimited * Quality Deer Management Association * Ruffed Grouse Society * Safari Club International * Sand County Foundation * Shikar Safari Club International * The Conservation Fund * The Wildlife Society * Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership * Wildlife Management Institute *

 

June 9, 2009

Hon. Nick Rahall II, Chairman
Committee on Natural Resources
U.S. House of Representatives
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Hon. Doc Hastings, Ranking Member
Committee on Natural Resources
U.S. House of Representatives
1329 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Rahall and Ranking Member Hastings,
                                               
The organizations identified on this letter represent millions of hunter conservationists, wildlife scientists, and other conservationists that have a vital interest in wetland and migratory bird conservation. We are writing to express our strong support for H.R. 1916, the “Migratory Bird Habitat Investment and Enhancement Act”. This legislation will amend the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act to provide for a revised schedule of price increases for the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, popularly known as the "Duck Stamp".

H.R. 1916 would raise money to protect wetlands habitat by increasing the price of the duck stamp from $15 to $25 in 2010 through 2020 and then up to $35 per year thereafter. 
The Federal Duck Stamp Program, which sells the stamps both as waterfowl hunting permits and as a symbol of conservation, has raised more than $700 million to buy or lease waterfowl habitat since its inception in 1934. The cost of a duck stamp has not increased since 1991 though the amount of land that can be purchased from a stamp's revenue has declined by half, according to bill sponsor Representative John Dingell (D-Mich.).

Thank you for your interest in the conservation of our nation’s wetlands and migratory birds, a vital international resource.

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