Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act of 1934 Chris Webb 6th Murphy
History of the Act • The Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act, which was put into action on July 1, 1934, authorized the annual distribution of what is popularly known as the Duck Stamp. • In 1976, Congress changed the official name to the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp.
Purpose • The Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act was enacted because conservationists were shocked by a rapid decrease in wild ducks and geese. • PROBLEMS: • overshooting • Protracted drought in the heart of the waterfowl breeding area, which lasted through the early thirties. • Drainage had emptied millions of acres of marsh nesting sites.
Basic Law • Under the Act, any person who hunts ducks, geese, swans or other and is 16 years of age or older must carry a current Duck stamp on which he has written his signature in ink. This qualifies the hunter as a legal wildfowl, provided he has a state-hunting license.
Effects • The Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act created a continuing source of funds for waterfowl habitat acquisition and restoration by requiring that sportsmen purchase a Duck Stamp before they hunt waterfowl. • Also, the population of wild waterfowl grew at an accelerated rate, creating more opportunity to harvest birds.
Bibliography • http://www.brookmanstamps.com/Netcat/federal/History.htm • http://www.outdooralabama.com/images/Image/2008_Duck_Stamp_Winner.JPG • http://www.lockwood-art.com/gl-012.jpg