The current 2014-15 Federal Duck Stamp may be the last $15 waterfowl permit, as prices are likely to increase to $25 next year. (Photo: U.S. FWS)
With widespread support, the Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to raise the price of Duck Stamps from $15 to $25 in an effort to increase funds for wetlands habitat conservation.
The measure, the Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014, had started in the House, sponsored by Rep. John Fleming, R-LA, and was backed by the entire delegation to that body from the Sportsman’s Paradise. Easy passage in the House in November led to Tuesday’s Senate vote, spearheaded by Sen. David Vitter, another Louisiana Republican and ranking minority member of the upper chamber’s Environment and Public Works Committee.
“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 in a statement. “This legislation boosts conservation efforts, which in turn directly impacts the success of duck hunters in near and future hunting seasons.”
Written by Chris Eger
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