DU Supports Duck Stamp Hike

The proposed increase would be the first since 1991.

Ducks Unlimited has come out in favor of H.R. 1916, a bill that would increase the cost of a federal duck stamp from $15 to $25 for the 2010-2011 season (an amendment attached to the bill would exempt hunters aged 19 or younger, hunters aged 65 or older, veterans, the disabled and active duty military from the price increase). This would be the first increase to the cost of the stamp since 1991. DU chief biologist Dale Humberg, who testified before the House National Resources Committee, says the move would help the stamp keep pace with inflation and rising land values. The increased revenue, according to Humberg, would equate to an additional 16,000 acres set aside for conservation in 2011. Humberg further elaborates in a brief article that appeared in the March/April 2009 issue of DU magazine and on its website, writing in part:

... The Federal Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting Stamp, commonly referred to as the duck stamp, has not increased since 1991. During this same time frame, the cost of a gallon of gasoline has risen from about $1 to as high as $4 last summer (although prices have sharply declined since that time). And the costs of a gallon of milk, a box of corn flakes, and a loaf of bread have doubled during the same period.

The buying power of duck stamp revenues has also not kept pace with the cost of wetland and upland acreage. While many other products have dramatically increased in price, the duck stamp has stagnated at $15.

Just to cover increases in the consumer price index—a commonly used measure of inflation—a federal duck stamp would now have to cost about $23. Unfortunately for ducks, land values have increased even faster than many other commodities. Land prices have at least doubled across much of the prairie Duck Factory, rendering today's duck stamp revenues half as effective in conserving habitat as in the early 1990s. As a result, Ducks Unlimited is supporting bipartisan proposals that would immediately increase the price of the federal duck stamp to $25. This increase would be followed a few years later by another $10 increase, bringing the total price of a duck stamp to $35. The initial price increase would allow duck stamp revenues to keep pace with the consumer price index, while the second increase would help address rising conservation costs associated with increasing land values.

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1 Response to DU Supports Duck Stamp Hike

Charlie Rogerson wrote:
August 11, 2009

That increase will hit me hard. Looks like the only duck hunting I'll do this fall is on my old NES system. That stupid dog always laughs at me . . .