Duck Stamp Basics
The Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (the "Duck Stamp") is an easy, cost-effective way for hunters, birders, environmental educators, and other conservationists to contribute to the protection of natural habitat for the benefit of migratory birds and other wildlife. Money collected from sales of the Stamp goes directly into a fund set aside specifically for expansion of the federal National Wildlife Refuge system.
For more information on duck stamps visit the site of the Friends of the Migratory Waterfowl Stamp or the National Duck Stamp Collectors Society.
To see some of the many winning Hautman conservation stamp designs go to Stamp Prints
Duck Stamp HistoryJ.N. “Ding” Darling
designed the very first federal Duck Stamp in 1934. Beginning in 1949, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has sponsored a stamp-design contest featuring wildlife artists from across the country– the only juried art competition sponsored by the federal government. The winning art is then used on the following year’s stamp.
The stamp has recently been the subject of books such as "The Duck Stamp Story by Bob Dumaine & Eric J. Dolin , "The Wild Duck Chase by Martin J. Smith, and the movie "The Million Dollar Duck" a film by Brian Golden Davis.