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Migratory Bird Hunting Stamps


Migratory bird hunting stamps have been issued every year since 1934.  All of the stamps issued from 1974 to 1976 are inscribed US DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR and MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING STAMP.  All of the stamps issued since 1977 are inscribed US DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR and MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING AND CONSERVATION STAMP.  The proceeds from the sale of these stamps benefit Waterfowl Conservation and Waterfowl Habitat Conservation.

These stamps are issued at the beginning of July of each year, and they are valid for use on bird hunting permits through June 30 of the following year.  The expiration date is inscribed on each of the stamps, thus, the stamp issued in 1974 is inscribed VOID AFTER JUNE 30, 1975.

In order to be valid, the stamp must be affixed to each year's bird hunting permit and signed by the holder of the permit.  Thus, used stamps have manuscript cancellations.  These stamps are sold through the United States Post Office, and as such, stamp collectors can also buy and keep mint condition examples for their collections.

These stamps are NOT just collected by US revenue stamp collectors.  They also have a worldwide appeal to thematic collectors, hunters, bird enthusiasts, and the general public.  Due to the high demand for these migratory bird hunting permit stamps, sometimes called duck stamps, many of the earlier issues have become scarce and very expensive.

The collecting of migratory bird hunting stamps may also include errors, plate blocks, proofs, artist signed prints, and more recently, decorative miniature panes. 

In order to maximize the subject content of this section, the stamps of this period are shown in table format, with a brief catalog detail description and a description of the vignette below each of the images.

1974 - $5.00 - Sc. #RW41
Wood Ducks

1975 - $5.00 - Sc. #RW42
Canvasback Decoy and
Flying Canvasbacks

1976 - $5.00 - Sc. #RW43
Family of Canadian Geese

1977 - $5.00 - Sc. #RW44
Ross Geese

1978 - $5.00 - Sc. #RW45
Hooded Merganser Drake

1979 - $7.50 - Sc. #RW46
Green Winged Teals

1980 - $7.50 - Sc. #RW47
Mallards in Flight

1981 - $7.50 - Sc. #RW48
Ruddy Ducks

1982 - $7.50 - Sc. #RW49
Canvasback Ducks

1983 - $7.50 - Sc. #RW50
Pintail Ducks

1984 - $7.50 - Sc. #RW51

1985 - $7.50 - Sc. #RW52
Cinnamon Teal

1986 - $7.50 - Sc. #RW53
Fulvous Whistling Duck

1987 - $10.00 - Sc. #RW54
Redheaded Ducks

1988 - $10.00 - Sc. #RW55
Snow Goose

1989 - $12.50 - Sc. #RW56
Lesser Scaup Ducks

1990 - $12.50 - Sc. #RW57
Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

1991 - $15.00 - Sc. #RW58
King Eiders

1992 - $15.00 - Sc. #RW59
Spectacled Eider

1993 - $15.00 - Sc. #RW60
Canvasback Ducks

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