Waterfowl hunters, conservationists and stamp collectors paid $15 for this year’s federal waterfowl stamp… but those days are over.
In what most organizations are calling “a major win for wetlands and waterfowl conservation,” the U.S. Senate passed the Duck Stamp Act of 2014 Tuesday.
The legislation increases the cost of the federal duck stamp from $15 to $25, and now awaits President Obama’s signature.
“With the assistance of Sen. David Vitter and his leadership in helping pass the Duck Stamp Act of 2014, much-needed funding has been secured for wetlands and waterfowl conservation,” said Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall. “The additional duck stamp funding provided by waterfowl hunters and other conservationists will not only conserve critical waterfowl habitat, but will also help ensure the future of our waterfowling traditions.”
The price of waterfowl stamps hasn’t increased since 1991. Funding from the sale of these stamps buys land in the traditional Prairie Pothole region waterfowl nesting areas, and also provides hunting opportunities.
“This is huge news for conservation and duck hunters,” said Sen. Vitter of Louisiana. “As we move forward to conserve millions of acres of waterfowl habitat, it’s important to remember the mutually beneficial relationship between our nation’s sportsmen and ducks. This legislation boosts conservation efforts, which in turn directly impacts the success of duck hunters in near and future hunting seasons.”
Since the federal duck stamp’s introduction in 1934, it has raised more than $750 million and has conserved more than 6 million acres of waterfowl habitat.