As of Dec. 2, 2014, the U.S. Senate has approved an increase in price of duck stamp.
The price of the federal duck stamp is expected to rise from $10 to $15 for the 2015-2016 waterfowl hunting season. This, of course, is contingent upon approval from President Barack Obama.
"I first learned about this real need from duck hunters who live this and breath this every day. These folks understood the critical need," stated La. Senator David Vitter.
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H.R. 5069, the Federal Stamp Act of 2014, is a bipartisan legislation considered by most to be a big victory for sportsmen and conservation. This is because 98% of every dollar generated from the sale of federal duck stamps is used to buy or lease wetlands for waterfowl.
In regards to this legislation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released this announcement:
At a time when millions of acres of wildlife habitat are at risk of being lost forever, congressional approval of this bipartisan legislation is a critical boost for wetlands conservation. By restoring the lost purchasing power of the Federal Duck Stamp, this legislation will give us the opportunity to work with thousands of additional landowners across the nation to maintain vital habitat for waterfowl, grassland birds and hundreds of other native species.
For waterfowlers and enthusiasts across the country, this 67% increase should be considered a long term investment on the future of duck hunting. Ensuring wetland conservation is paramount to stable and increased populations of ducks.
"This is huge news for conservation and duck hunters. As we move forward to conserve millions of acres of waterfowl habitat, it's important to remember the mutually beneficial relationship between our nation's sportsmen and ducks," said Vitter.