Plates Issued: Intaglio (front) -N/A; Offset - N/A. Color: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow. Designer: Czeslaw Slania/Piotr Naszarkowski Modeler: Donald H. Woo. Engraver: Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./SSP Printer: Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./Sennett Security Products. First Day of Sale: June 30, 2005. Issue: 200 - Seventy-second Duck Stamp (fourteenth $15.00 stamp), Eight Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) Issue - RW72A. Quantity Sold: N/A.
Inscription: Front - "U.S. Department of the Interior. Void after June 30, 2006. Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. $15. Hooded Merganser."
Back - "Invest in America's Future. Buy Duck Stamps. Save Wetlands. Send in or report all bird bands to 1-800-327-BAND. It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl or use this stamp as a pass to a National Wildlife Refuge unless you sign your name in ink on the face of this stamp."
PSA Inscription: Front - "U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 2005-2006 Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamp. Artist: Mark Anderson. 50 Years And Still Counting: May 2005 marks the 50th Anniversary of the North American Waterfowl Survey. This survey is the largest and most reliable wildlife inventory in the world. If applicable: sign, peel, and attach to hunting license. Peel here."
Back - "Waterfowl Surveys-- The members of the Waterfowl Survey team are some of the most unique stewards of wildlife around. Each spring, about a dozen pilot biologists fly over some of the most remote and impassable terrain on the continent, covering more than 80,000 miles of prime nesting areas in several Canadian provinces and northern U.S. states. As they fly, they count every duck, goose and swan along their survey routes. These pilot biologists are backed up by Canadian ground crews, who slog through acres of wetlands annually to provide the ground truthing that ensures the accuracy of the counts. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act requires that waterfowl hunting seasons remain closed until the Fish and Wildlife Service verifies that the populations are healthy enough to sustain a regulated hunt. Survey results provide that verification, and play a important role in setting our annual waterfowl hunting regulations. Waterfowl are an important environmental, economic, recreational, and aesthetic resource. The performance of these surveys over the past fifty years has been vital to the wise and continued management of our waterfowl resources and preservation of our natural resource heritage. Stamps are non-refundable. Important: Sign your name in ink on the face of the stamp to use it for hunting, or as a season pass to any National Wildlife Refuge. For information on hunting and outdoor recreation opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges and other public land, visit http://www.recreation.gov/ Local hunting regulations. Please contact your state wildlife agency for information on hunting regulations. Report all bird bands 1-800-327-BAND. Amplex/Ordering-Reordering 1-800-852-4897 or www.duckstamp.com Individual Stamp Orders 1-800-STAMP24 www.duckstamp.com or http://shop.usps.com Federal Duck Stamp Office U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mail Stop MBSP-4070. 4401 North Fairfax Drive Arlington, VA 22203-1622 http://duckstamps.fws.gov"
Acrylic painting of a pair of drake hooded mergansers resting on the surface of the water by Mark Anderson, 5108 S. Ash Grove, Sioux Falls, SD 57108. This was Mark Anderson's first Federal Duck Stamp Contest win.
On October 5, 2004 Mark Anderson was announced the winner of the 2004 Federal Duck Stamp contest. Mark's striking design of a pair of hooded merganser's on a golden pool of water took first place honors over 223 other entries in this year's competition. His winning image will grace the 2005-06 Federal Duck Stamp which is purchased by hunters and stamp collectors nationwide. The coveted Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest is known as the most prestigious and lucrative art competition in the world.