Monday, March 21, 2011

Migratory Bird Stamps -- Works of Art

The Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, often known as “Ducks Stamps,” are pictorial stamps produced by the Postal Service for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. You can't use them for postage, but must be affixed to a Duck Hunting license.

First created in 1934, the stamps serve as federal licenses that accompany state licenses for hunting migratory waterfowl.
The stamps serve a practical purpose, but are also works of art. The 2011 stamp was created by Chaska, MN, artist James Hautman. His painting (below) will serve as the background for this year's stamp.

James Hautman's painting was chosen as the 2011 "Duck Stamp" image
What makes a good stamp image? All the details are found here.
A visual history of migratory bird stamps can be found here.

Got an opinion? Do you have a favorite? Click here.


grannybunny said...

The Duck Stamps -- as well as passport acceptance -- are a good example of USPS providing non-Postal government services; we need to try to identify additional such services we could provide.

Anonymous said...

Wow - even Audubon would be proud of this one!

Anonymous said...

In the quest to make things "easier" these can now be paid for online when hunting license is bought and customer never has to actually get the beautitul stamps. The license they receive will just say it has been paid for. They will soon be another thing of the past I fear.

Anonymous said...

When did they allow purchasing the federal duck stamp to be purchased online? Most states allow the purchase of licenses...but I have not seen the federal allow it. I think they are very nice prints and would love to collect them...but they are a little too pricey. :(