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.
Waterfowl 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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
Hunters, stamp collectors and other conservationists can now help conservation efforts in the Gulf of Mexico by purchasing a special edition Federal Duck Stamp envelope, known as a silk cachet. The funds generated by the $25 cachet will be used to acquire wetlands for inclusion in the more than thirty-eight national wildlife refuges along the Gulf Coast.
The latest Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest Report has been released, reporting that over 13.1 million ducks were harvested in the United States during the 2009-2010 waterfowl hunting season, down from 13.6 million from the previous season. The number of harvested geese also decreased somewhat, from about 3.8 million harvested in the 2008-2009 season to 3.3 million harvested nationally in the 2009-2010 season.
In addition to downloading the full report, you can also generate custom harvest trends reports to quickly and easily view the information that is important to you. With these custom reports, you can view harvest trends for a specific species in a specific state; or you can view results for all ducks or all geese on a national level or within a selected flyway; or you can see the total of all ducks and geese at the national level. Results from these custom reports are presented in line graph format to easily illustrate harvest trends from 1961 through 2009. To view harvest activity reports for previous years, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Management website.