If you recently registered to hunt, you may remember answering questions about the types of birds that you hunt through the Harvest Information Program (HIP). By registering for HIP, you become part of a national effort to manage waterfowl sustainably for all Americans. We use HIP responses to select a sample of hunters for the Harvest Survey. This survey gathers critical information about migratory bird harvest and hunter activity that is used to set hunting season dates, hunting zones, and bag limits.
*values are averages from 2019-2020
If you are one of the few hunters selected for the Harvest Survey, your contribution will make a difference!
When hunters register to hunt waterfowl, they purchase a federal duck stamp. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's duck stamp program funds wetland habitat acquisitions, easements, and protection. 98% of all duck stamp sales contribute directly to wetland conservation, which provides more hunting opportunities. Explore the data below to see the program's monetary contributions to waterfowl habitat conservation.
*Inflation occurs when prices increase over time. For example, a dollar 20 years ago could buy more than a dollar now. Duck stamp prices have increased over time because the price of land has increased over time. Face value (the price on a stamp) has increased over time to consistently raise enough money for waterfowl conservation.
Explore the graphs and maps below to see the distribution of land funded by duck stamps. All data are from 2000 to 2018, but duck stamps have funded refuges and waterfowl production areas since the 1920s.
Black boxes are selected, gray are unselected. Click to select one or more flyways.
Larger area denotes a larger number of acres purchased.
Mouse over to see refuge and Waterfowl Production Area names
Mouse over to see the refuge names. Symbol size reflects acreage
To see more information about hunt units, go to Find Your Hunt.
US Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Migratory Bird Management
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