Soliciting Public Input on changes to the Duck Stamp
Over the past century, waterfowl hunters have helped create and conserve millions of acres of wetland habitat that not only provide places for a wide diversity of wildlife to thrive, but also help in flood control and water purification efforts, and create significant economic stimulus for rural communities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to celebrate these hunters’ remarkable achievements and our unique American hunting heritage with a permanent change to the Federal Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the Duck Stamp.
The Service’s proposal would require entries beginning in the 2020 contest to include one or more visual elements that reflect the theme “celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage.” They must also adhere to existing contest regulations that require a live portrayal of one or more of the five eligible waterfowl species for that year (brant, gadwall, cinnamon teal, lesser scaup and red-breasted merganser for 2020) as the dominant foreground feature. Contestants will be judged on the quality of their art and how well they illustrate the theme. The contest winner’s art will be made into the 2021-2022 Duck Stamp.
The Service is seeking comments from the public on the proposed rule for 45 days, until March 16, 2020. The notice is available at http://www.regulations.gov, Docket Number: FWS-HQ-MB-2019-0105, and includes details on how to submit your comments.