Duck Stamps Now on Sale
The first day of sale for the 2011-12 Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp was hosted by the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Katy, Texas. Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from the $15 Duck Stamp support wetlands acquisition for the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The 2011-2012 Federal Duck Stamp features two white-fronted geese painted by wildlife artist James Hautman of Chaska, Minn. Last October, a panel of five judges chose Hautman’s art to grace the new Duck Stamp from among 235 paintings at the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, held in Berkeley, Calif.
All waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required to purchase and carry a current Federal Duck Stamp, but conservationists, birders, stamp collectors and others also buy the stamp as an investment in conservation. Since 1934, Federal Duck Stamp sales have raised more than $750 million to protect more than 5.3 million acres of wetlands on hundreds of the 551 national wildlife refuges spread across all 50 states and U.S. territories.
The 2011-2012 Junior Duck Stamp was created by Abraham Hunter, 17, of Vienna, Ill. Hunter’s painting of a pair of ring-necked ducks was chosen from among 51 Best-of-Show winners from every state and the U.S. Virgin Islands at the National Junior Duck Stamp Competition at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, in Philadelphia.
Second and third place wins went to Matthew Messina,17, from Avon, Connecticut and Christine Clayton, 16, from Sydney, Ohio. The conservation message winner was 17-year -old Allison Armstrong of Russellville, Arkansas, with her entry: 'Spread Your wings, create a splash, make a difference."
The Service sells the Junior Duck Stamp for $5 to stamp collectors, conservationists and the general public. Proceeds from Junior Duck Stamp sales support environmental education efforts and awards for contest winners.
Duck Stamps may be purchased at many U.S. Post Offices and sporting goods stores and online.