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TPWD News Release — Dec. 5, 2005

Texas Duck Stamp Program a Conservation Success Story

AUSTIN, Texas — For 25 years, Texas hunters have played a major role in successful waterfowl conservation efforts through the Texas Duck Stamp program.

Through the purchase of about 2 million state duck stamps, hunters and collectors have helped fund the lion’s share of waterfowl habitat management, research and acquisition since 1981.

The Texas Duck Stamp has from its inception been a favorite of stamp and wildlife art collectors. In 1981, the Texas Duck Stamp Print was the largest single signed and numbered print of any kind ever in history, including the federal duck stamp print. That year, the state’s royalties generated from the program exceeded the annual licensing income for the waterfowl stamp.

Much of the credit for the success of the stamp art program goes to Collectors Covey, who was instrumental in the creation of the Texas Duck Stamp. After the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stopped issuing actual stamps a decade ago with the advent of the electronic licensing system, Collectors Covey continued to facilitate and promote the stamp art program and make the annual stamp available to collectors.

Of the $15 million-plus raised through the Texas Duck Stamp program, more than $5 million has been derived from sales of the stamps and art. These funds have helped major conservation initiatives in Texas, including:

Texas is one of 11 states to receive the prestigious Gold State Grant Award from Ducks Unlimited for contribution of Waterfowl Stamp Funds to Habitat Projects.

Wildlife art and stamp collectors may purchase Texas Duck Stamp prints and stamps through Collector’s Covey Wildlife and Sporting Art at (800) 521-2403.

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