On June 26, 2015, in Memphis, TN, the U.S. Department of the Interior will issue a $25 Ruddy Duck
in WAG (item # 335201) and PSA Souvenir Sheet (item 335304) Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation stamp (Federal Duck Stamp) for the 2015-2016 waterfowl hunting season. The artist signed pane has been discontinured starting this year. Also, the price went up from $15 to $25 starting this year.
100,000 of the single duck stamps and 2,450,000 of the PSA Souvenir Sheet are being printed. I assume real hunters prefer the PSA Souvenir Sheet rather than single stamp. Proberly easly to fold after signing and keeping in wallet than the WA stamp. Seem like a lot being printed?
According to Ducks Unlimited, the drop in migratory bird hunters has been especially steep, declining 22 percent from almost 3 million in 2001 to 2.3 million in 2006. In addition, duck stamp sales, which serve as an index for waterfowl hunter numbers, have also been declining in recent years. Over the long term, duck stamp sales have decreased more than 40 percent
from a peak of 2.4 million during the 1970-1971 waterfowl season to an average of 1.4 million
in recent years. So even as the U.S. population steadily increases, hunters are being lost faster than new ones are being recruited, a pattern even more pronounced among water fowlers. If this is so, why are they over printing about 1 million more than what they will actually sell?