June 29 is First Day of Sale for the 2012-2013 Federal and Junior Duck Stamps

image of 2011-2012 duck stamp artwork

The First Day of Sale event for the 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp is Friday, June 29, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the BassPro Shops retail outlet in Hampton, Virginia. The Federal and Junior Duck Stamp artists will be on-hand along with the 2011 contest judges, and attendees will have the chance to be among the first to purchase the new stamps. Since 1934, the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp ("Duck Stamp") has provided more than 750 million dollars for habitat conservation.

Introducing the 2012-2013 Junior Duck Stamp

Image of winning 2012-2013 Junior Duck stamp contest artwork by Christine ClaytonChristine Clayton, 17, of Sidney, Ohio, won the 2012 National Junior Duck Stamp Contest in April with her beautiful rendering of a northern pintail. The 2012-2013 Junior Duck Stamp featuring Christine's design will go on sale June 29 at the Bass Pro Shops retail outlet in Hampton, VA, and will be available nationwide shortly thereafter. Revenue from the sales of the Junior Duck Stamp goes to support awards and environmental education for students who participate in the program, as well as efforts to market the stamp.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic arts and science curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program incorporates scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts curriculum, with participants completing a Junior Duck Stamp design as their visual “term papers."

Find more information about this program and the new curriculum materials.

2011 Federal Duck Stamp Contest Winner Announced

Image of winning 2011 Federal Duck stamp contest artwork by Joseph Hautman

For the fourth time, artwork by Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota was selected as the winner of the Federal Duck Stamp contest. Hautman previously won the contest in 1991, 2001 and 2007, with his acrylic rendering of a wood duck taking the latest prize on October 30, 2011 during the contest proceedings at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia. The 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring the winning art, will go on sale July 1, 2012. Runners-up were Adam Grimm of Burbank, South Dakota (2nd place) and Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware (3rd place) with, respectively, an oil painting of a single gadwall and an acrylic painting of a mallard pair. Proceeds from the sales of Duck Stamps is used to purchase key waterfowl habitat areas in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Watch contest footage

State Agency Hunting Season Info and Regulations at Your Fingertips

Goose hunter with harvest. Credit: Jon MarshallWaterfowl hunting season is already well under way across North America, but you might be wondering when the last date to hunt is for your location. Or you might need to know the daily bag limits for a certain species. Each year, state wildlife agencies determine season dates and bag limits based on the data that is gathered by pilot biologists conducting aerial and ground surveys of waterfowl production and habitat in Canada and the northern United States in the spring. For your convenience, links to the most up-to-date regulatory information maintained by each state have been compiled on this site so that you can quickly and easily find the information you need.

Learn how regulations are set

Look up 2011-2012 season dates and bag limits for your state

New Duck Stamp Design to be Chosen at National Conservation Training Center October 28-29

Image of National Conservation Training Center campus, Credit: USFWS

The National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia will host the 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest October 28-29. The event is free and open to the public, and is a great opportunity to view the nearly 200 artistic renderings of mallards, blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, wood ducks, and gadwall. You'll also be among the first to see the new design chosen for the 2012 Duck Stamp, the cornerstone of one of the world's most successful conservation programs, when it is selected by the judges. The scenic NCTC campus is nestled amongst eastern hardwood forests and Potomac River meadows, and offers a limited number of overnight accommodations (call 304-876-7900) for those who would like to attend this event. Or, you can view the proceedings online via a live video stream.

Watch the live video stream. (October 28-29)

Frameworks Proposed for Late Season Waterfowl Hunting

Image of retriever with pintail, Credit: Paul Mayne, Flickr

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed hunting regulations for the upcoming 2011-2012 late waterfowl seasons. Hunting season lengths of 60 days were proposed for the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, with 74 days for the Central Flyway (with an additional 23 days in the High Plains areas) and 107 days for the Pacific Flyway.

A full season on pintails would be offered nation-wide with a two bird daily bag limit, and a full season on canvasbacks with a one bird daily bag limit offered nation-wide.

Duck Stamp Sales Translate to Increased Habitat in Refuges

Image of Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service

During their June 15th meeting, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved the investment of more than $3 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to secure an estimated 1,600 acres of habitat on three units of the National Wildlife Refuge System: Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon (pictured to the right), San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in West Virginia. The Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, vitally supported by Duck Stamp revenues, has provided funding for the protection of more than 5 million acres of wetlands habitat over the years.

First Day of 2011-2012 Duck Stamp Sales

image of 2011-2012 duck stamp artwork

The First Day of Sale event for the 2011-2012 Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp is Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Bass Pro Outdoor World in Katy, Texas. Since 1934, the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp ("Duck Stamp") has provided more than 750 million dollars for habitat conservation. This year's stamp artwork was created by James Hautman, an artist from Chaska, Minnesota.

State Agencies Announce 2010-2011 Late Waterfowl Seasons

Duck hunter with harvest. Credit: USFWSThe culmination of a process that began with pilot biologists conducting aerial and ground surveys of waterfowl production and habitat in Canada and the northern United States in the spring, most state wildlife agencies have announced season dates and bag limits for the 2010-2011 late waterfowl hunting seasons. For your convenience, links to the most up-to-date regulatory information maintained by each state have been compiled on this site so that you can quickly and easily find the information you need.

Learn how regulations are set

Look up latest season dates and bag limits for your state

Late Season Waterfowl Hunting Frameworks Proposed

Image of hunters with harvest, Credit: Dave Case

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed hunting regulations for the upcoming 2010-2011 late waterfowl seasons. Hunting season lengths of 60 days were proposed for the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, with 74 days for the Central Flyway and 107 days for the Pacific Flyway.

A full season on pintails would be offered nation-wide with a two bird daily bag limit, and a full season on canvasbacks with a one bird daily bag limit offered nation-wide. The Service also proposed a daily bag limit of two scaup in the Atlantic, Mississippi and Central Flyways for the full season and three scaup in the Pacific Flyway for 86 days.

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