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Duck Stamp Benefits

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Federal Duck Stamp Competition

Benefits of Duck Stamp Dollars

All waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older must possess a Federal Duck Stamp to hunt, but anyone can enjoy its benefits. A valid Duck Stamp provides free admission to any national wildlife refuge in the country that is open to the public. Refuges offer unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities, ranging from hunting and fishing to bird watching, hiking and photography. Habitat acquired with Duck Stamp dollars benefits more than just waterfowl, supporting hundreds of species of migratory birds and other wildlife, including dozens of threatened and endangered species.

Since the program's inception, sales of Federal Duck Stamps have generated more than $700 million that was used to acquire and protect more than 5.2 million acres of crucial habitat at hundreds of national wildlife refuges in nearly every state in the nation.

The recent rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker – thought to be extinct in the U.S. for more than 60 years – occurred on Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. A significant portion of its acreage was purchased with Duck Stamp dollars.

Since the program's inception, sales of Federal Duck Stamps to hunters, stamp collectors and other conservationists have generated more than $700 million that was used to acquire and protect more than 5.2 million acres of crucial habitat at hundreds of national wildlife refuges in nearly every state in the nation.

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