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Proposed Change To The Duck Stamp Program

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Posted 02/16/2020   6:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gettinold to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Stamp of 1959 had a hunting dog. Of the remainder in my collection I couldn't find another that complied with this section:

(b) Mandatory waterfowl hunting components. In addition to the restrictions set forth in paragraph (a) of this section, designs will also be required to include appropriate waterfowl hunting-related accessories or elements celebrating the Federal Duck Stamp's long-standing connection as part of our Nation's waterfowl hunting heritage and the contributions to conservation made by waterfowl hunters. Designs may include, but are not limited to, hunting dogs, hunting scenes, hunting equipment, waterfowl decoys, managed waterfowl areas as the background of habitat scenes, or other designs that represent our waterfowl hunting heritage. The design chosen will clearly meet the theme of "celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage."

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Posted 02/16/2020   6:31 pm  Show Profile Check docgfd's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add docgfd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yep, that Lab was named 'King Buck' and the 1959 is one of my favorites.
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I hope that they incorporate firearms into some of the designs since it is kinda how you hunt the buggers.
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Posted 02/16/2020   10:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Philazilla to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Is there a political motivation for this proposal? My gut says, yes.
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Posted 02/19/2020   12:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stampman2002 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is something which is already being done, beginning last year.

The 2019 stamp shows both the duck and a decoy. Here's the stamp, RW86.


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Posted 02/19/2020   10:40 am  Show Profile Check docgfd's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add docgfd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In the RW86, the Wood Duck drake is still the main element. If I'm interpreting the proposal correctly, the changes would allow non-duck elements to become the main subject (such as a blind or sneak boat) with, for example, a flight of quackers in the background.
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Posted 02/19/2020   10:55 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add JLLebbert to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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the changes would allow non-duck elements to become the main subject

Which is the point at which I end my collection.
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Posted 02/20/2020   01:15 am  Show Profile Check docgfd's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add docgfd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
So a scene created, for example, by waterfowl artist Terry Redlin like this one (I picked this one as I own a copy) would stop your collecting duck stamps? Even with the mallards in the scene? Obviously your choice, but a stamp like this would excite me...


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Posted 02/20/2020   07:27 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Doc - That is an absolutely stunning piece. Thanks for posting!
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Posted 02/20/2020   07:55 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Are those genetically modified mallards? Bigger than any I've ever eaten ...
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Correct me if wrong but I see no reference being made in this proposal to a change where waterfowl species (birds in flight, swimming, walking, etc) might in future be in the background and hunting heritage components (decoys, firearms, blinds, dogs, etc) dominating in the foreground. The change states that hunting heritage components MUST be a part of future entries rather than only waterfowl species. The change is simply making the temporary change made in 2018 now a permant change/addition to incorporate waterfowling heritage elements (but keeping waterfowl species the dominant element).

Removing Language Specific to 2018 Contest and Instituting a Permanent Theme and Mandatory Hunting Element Requirement
Currently, #8201;91.14 explains that a live portrayal of any bird(s) of the five or fewer identified eligible waterfowl species must be the dominant feature of the design, but that the design may depict other appropriate elements, such as hunting dogs, as long as an eligible waterfowl species is in the foreground and clearly the focus of attention. In the March 21, 2018, final rule, we added #8201;91.14(b) with additional requirements specified for the 2018 Contest only. In this proposed rule, we propose to make it a permanent requirement that Contest entries must include one or more elements that reflect the theme "celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage."
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Posted 02/20/2020   11:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wigeon44 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A similar stamp program began in Canada in 1985 with funds raised supporting programs that conserve habitat for migratory gamebirds including waterfowl. These habitats of course also support a diversity of other species and contribute broadly to a healthy environment and economy. To date $150M Can has been raised and attracted additional matching dollars. In Canada the stamps depict only migratory gamebird species and habitat and do not include waterfowling heritage components. Although most of the stamps are purchased by hunters as part of their federal hunting licenses, nonhunters including birdwatchers, stamp collectors, etc also purchase them annually.
https://whc.org/the-stamp/

The number of waterfowl hunters in Canada and the US continues to decline each year as traditions change and our societies become older and more urbanized. Therefore the funding available to conserve wetland and upland habitats has also declined. To help offset this decline governments and NGO's have developed more programs to retain the number of existing hunters and recruruit non traditional demographics (youth, women, new immigrants, etc) to hunting. I assume the proposed changes by the USFWS to the duck stamp criteria are to give hunting a higher and more positive profile.
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Posted 02/20/2020   11:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wigeon44 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Terry Redlin is an amazing artist and reproductions of his paintings have raised $40-$50 M for habitat conservation through Ducks Unlimited and other organizations.

https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/...ist-artist-/
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Posted 02/20/2020   11:37 am  Show Profile Check docgfd's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add docgfd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My inference to "celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage" includes any and all things waterfowl hunting, which would include calls, dogs, blinds, etc. I guess I glossed over where ducks would still need to be the main component (and I certainly have no issue with that).

Yes, Redlin is incredible and I would still love to see some of his work used on the stamps; or Killian and a host of others). The light and tones he uses are amazing. I bought my print at a DU dinner over 30-years ago at the Southern Westchester, NY chapter event (where one year I served as Chairman and served on the committee for several years.).
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