Elite Refuge Member
- Jul 10, 2005
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A lot of birders do buy a duck stamp. There's at least one paper on it, which is why I used HIP numbers for my research rather than duck stamps sold in order to determine hunter numbers in a particular time frame.
Last time I looked there were roughly 1,500,000 duck stamps sold, and roughly 1,000,000 licenses duck hunters - so somebody is buying them.
I think his point is (and it's a fair one) - in order to hunts ducks (including on federal property), you need to buy a federal duck stamp - the same cannot be said of birders.
The downside as pointed out by another poster hereabouts is the more money that non-hunters kick into the kitty - the more say they will expect to have relative to the management of these federal lands - which could lead to further exclusions of consumptive activities on federal lands.
That has always been one of my beefs about various conservation orgs (such as pheasants forever) soliciting donations for land purchases, where the land purchased is then donated to the state - there is absolutely zero insurance that the state will not (without adequate restrictions on title) prohibit or limit hunting on the donated lands in the future.