Best Duck Stamps: The Top 35 Federal Waterfowl Stamps

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Duck stamps are about to go digital. There's currently a bill waiting in the U.S. Senate that would OK online sales of federal duck stamps in all 50 states. Right now, eight states are running a trial program that allows hunters to buy their stamp online. The physical stamp gets mailed to them after 45 days. Since 1934, the year the first duck stamp was issued, the program has raised $800 million dollars that's been used to conserve 5.3 million acres of wetlands – that's an area larger than the state of Connecticut. Duck stamps (which cost $15) raise about $25 million each year. Hopefully, this online program will allow even more hunters and conservationists to buy the stamp. To celebrate the success of the duck stamp, and it's 75th anniversary, our friends at Ducks Unlimited have sent us a collection of the 35 best duck stamp paintings. Pictured: the 2012-2013 stamp by Joseph Hautman
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2010-2011, American Wigeon By: Robert Bealle
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2009-2010, Long-tailed Duck By: Joshua Spies
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2008-2009 (75th Anniversary Stamp), Northern Pintails By: Joseph Hautman
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2006-2007, Ross’ Goose By: Sherrie Russell Meline
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2005-2006, Hooded Mergansers By: Mark Anderson
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2004-2005, Redheads By: Scot Storm
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2003-2004, Snow Geese By: Ron Louque
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2000-2001, Mottled Duck By: Adam Grimm
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1999-2000, Greater Scaup By: James Hautman
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1995-1996, Mallards By: James Hautman
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1994-1995, Red-breasted Mergansers By: Neal R. Anderson
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1991-1992, King Eiders By: Nancy Howe
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1988-1989, Snow Goose By: Daniel Smith
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1986-1987, Fulvous Whistling Duck By: Burton E. Moore
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1982-1983, Canvasbacks By: David A. Maass
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1981-1982, Ruddy Ducks By: John S. Wilson
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1980-1981, Mallards By: Richard Plasschaert
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1975-1976, Canvasbacks and Decoy By: James P. Fisher
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1974-1975, Wood Ducks By: David A. Maass
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1972-1973, Emperor Geese By: Arthur M. Cook
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1967-1968, Oldsquaw (Long-tailed) Ducks By: Leslie C. Kouba
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1963-1964, Brant By: Edward J. Bierly
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1962-1963, Northern Pintails By: Edward A. Morris
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1961-1962, Mallards By: Edward A. Morris
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1959-1960, Mallard By: Maynard Reece
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1955-1956, Blue Geese By: Stanley Stearns
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1953-1954, Blue-winged Teal By: Clayton B. Seagears
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1950-1951, Trumpeter Swans By: Walter A. Weber
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1946-1947, Redheads By: Robert W. Hines
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1945-1946, Northern Shovelers By: Owen J. Gromme
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1939-1940, Green-winged Teal By: Lynn B. Hunt
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1936-1937, Canada Geese By: Richard E. Bishop
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1934-1935, Mallards By: Jay N. “Ding” Darling
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1935-1936, Canvasbacks By: Frank W. Benson

The duck stamp is going digital. As a bill that would allow the online sale of the federal duck stamp works it’s way through congress, we take a look back at the 35 coolest stamps since 1934.