October 26, 2011
Ducks Unlimited Pushes for Electronic Federal Duck Stamps
By Chad Love
Have you ever had trouble purchasing a duck stamp? Would you like the option of buying your duck stamp electronically? That's what some recent congressional testimony from Ducks Unlimited hopes to achieve.
From this press release on the DU website:
Today, Ducks Unlimited voiced its support of legislation that would make the federal duck stamp more readily available to the general public during testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs. In testifying for Ducks Unlimited, DU Director of the Governmental Affairs Office Scott Sutherland discussed how the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2011 would make purchasing the federal duck stamp easier for hunters while preserving the heritage and utility of the traditional duck stamp.
"For generations, waterfowlers have willingly paid for conservation programs and the federal duck stamp is no exception," Sutherland said. "Continuing to find ways to make the duck stamp more accessible to the general public is beneficial to the people who buy the stamp and the wildlife habitat that it conserves." H.R. 3117, the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2011, is a bill to grant the U.S. Secretary of the Interior permanent authority to authorize states to issue electronic duck stamps. For decades, waterfowl hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts could only buy their duck stamps at a physical location, such as a post office.
However, these stamps are not available at all postal locations, sometimes making it difficult for hunters and others to purchase the stamp on short notice. In order to expand access to the public, legislation was passed in 2005 to create a pilot program that allows the public to instantly use federal duck stamps purchased online. Upon purchase, the customer is given a special receipt to print and use while hunting until the actual stamp is delivered by mail.
During the testimony, Sutherland explained that the trial program delivered proven results. "The pilot program has successfully made it easier for the general public to buy federal duck stamps while simultaneously preserving the integrity of the traditional duck stamp. Because of this success, Ducks Unlimited supports H.R. 3117, which would make this program permanent," said Sutherland.
What do you think? Good idea?