Why Buy a Duck Stamp?
The Federal Duck Stamp price price increased from $15 to $25 in 2015. That’s a two-thirds increase! However, that increase marks a huge win for conservation. Here are some reasons Duck Stamps are still a bargain:
First and foremost, in this amazingly efficient program, 98 cents of every dollar go directly to land preservation. That means that of your $25 Duck Stamp purchase, a whopping $24.50 goes toward conserving the habitats our beloved migratory birds depend on. The cost of buying and leasing lands suitable for wildlife conservation – like just about any cost you can think of – has increased dramatically since the last price increase in 1991. The increase will bring in an additional estimated $14 million a year – that’s $14 million for conservation! The added $10 per stamp will go into a fund exclusively to acquire easements for land to protect migratory birds Sportsmen have long been noted for doing more than their fair share, and conservationists should take note.
Hunters of waterfowl aged 16 and over are required to have a Duck Stamp. Just because wildlife observers are not required to have a stamp doesn’t mean we should ignore the benefits to wildlife our voluntary $25 purchase will mean. You are supporting one of the most successful conservation initiatives in history. Since its inception in 1934, the Duck Stamp program has helped protect more than 6 million acres of habitat by raising more than $800 million. The federal Duck Stamp program, formally known as the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, is a conservation revenue stamp. Proceeds from stamp sales help acquire and protect wetland habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Wetlands acquired with Duck Stamp dollars help purify water, aid in flood control, reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities – such as birding!
Who buys federal Duck Stamps?
- Conservationists – that’s WSO members – buy them because they know the stamp is, dollar for dollar, the best investment they can make toward the future of America’s wetlands.
- Birders and other outdoor enthusiasts – also WSO members – buy them because they know wetlands support ducks and much, much more.
- Visitors to the National Wildlife Refuge system buy them to gain free admission to the refuges that charge admission.
- Waterfowl hunters aged 16 and over buy them because they are required to have a Duck Stamp to hunt waterfowl.
Duck stamps will be available beginning June 2017.