Only one-third of Illinois waterfowl hunters are aware of duck stamp’s purpose

While duck hunting has slowed overall, some areas in central and southern Minnesota had exceptional hunting in recent days as the cold temperatures and northwest winds moved good numbers of mallards and other late-season migrants into the state.

The new federal duck stamp went on sale June 23, so it’s a good time to be curious: how many hunters know what the stamp is used for?

According to an interesting survey by the Illinois Natural History Survey, only a about one-third of Illinois duck and goose hunters can accurately say what happens to the $25 they fork over each year for the stamp, which is required to hunt waterfowl in Illinois.

Craig Miller, who leads the Human Dimensions section of INHS, used results of random surveys of waterfowl hunters who purchased a state waterfowl permits in the 2002-03 and 2015-16 waterfowl seasons.

Each questionnaire contained identical items investigating waterfowl hunters’ awareness of how federal duck stamp funds were allocated. Participants were asked, “In your opinion, which of the following describes where the majority of funds from the sales of Federal Migratory Bird (Duck) Stamps are used?”

Only 26 percent from 2002–03 and 29 percent percent from 2015–16 selected the correct response: duck stamp funds are used to “purchase wetlands and other duck habitat.”

For a summary of the survey, click here. And to read more about the survey, see the June 30 issue of Illinois Outdoor News.

Categories: Bloggers on Hunting, Illinois – Ralph Loos, Waterfowl

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