The Michigan Duck Hunters Association, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, has introduced the 2021 collector's-edition Michigan duck stamp and prints.
The Michigan Duck Stamp Program was established in 1976 and has become an icon for waterfowl hunters and wetland conservation enthusiasts. During the past 44 years, the program has gained popularity with collectors and conservation groups throughout the U.S.
The Michigan Duck Hunters Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to waterfowl and wetland conservation, coordinates the program in partnership with the DNR. Proceeds from stamp sales will be used to fund MDHA projects, with 10% used to match DNR funding for purchasing, restoring and enhancing wetlands.
The 2021 Michigan duck stamp features a drake wood duck painted by John M. Roberts. Roberts is a wildlife artist from Saginaw Township with a particular interest in waterfowl and painting waterfowl. His winning wood duck image is based on a photograph a friend snapped at Crow Island State Game Area in Saginaw County.
Your purchase of Michigan waterfowl stamps and prints helps ensure continued conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat. Purchasing the stamps is voluntary and does not replace the state waterfowl hunting license. Get your Michigan duck stamps and prints today.
Hoosier hunters can now take more Canada geese as a result of a recent increase in bag limits.
The daily bag limit for dark geese (Canada geese, white-fronted geese, and brant) is now five in aggregate for the entire season. This means that hunters can harvest any combination of the three species as long as the total does not exceed five. Previously, a daily bag limit of dark geese could only include up to three Canada geese, except during September. The daily bag limit for light geese (snow and Ross’s geese) remains 20.
“Canada goose populations in the Mississippi Flyway are doing very well,” said Adam Phelps, DNR’s waterfowl biologist. “We remain above our population goal for this species, so additional hunting opportunities make sense. We will continue to monitor populations and harvest to ensure that hunting remains sustainable.”
Researchers from the Division of Fish & Wildlife, Ball State University, and Franklin College are using tracking devices to study the behavior of Canada geese in Indiana. If you harvest a goose with one of these devices on its leg, in addition to reporting the metal leg band to the Bird Banding Laboratory, please call 765-285-8842 to report the tracker.
Tracking device locations allows researchers to accurately record the data, helping to sustain future goose hunting opportunities. You will receive an exact replica of the device to keep after the data are downloaded.
The 2020 collector-edition Michigan duck stamps and prints are now available for purchase.
The Michigan Duck Hunters Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to waterfowl and wetland conservation, coordinates the Michigan waterfowl stamp program in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Proceeds from stamp sales will be used to fund MDHA projects, with 10% used to match DNR funding for purchasing, restoring and enhancing wetlands.
The Michigan Duck Stamp Program was established in 1976 and has become an icon for waterfowl hunters and wetland conservation enthusiasts. During the past 44 years, the program has gained popularity with collectors and conservation groups throughout the United States.
The 2020 Michigan duck stamp, painted by Christopher Smith, features a flock of Canada geese coming into a decoy spread. Smith, a wildlife artist from Suttons Bay, Michigan, also took first place in the 2018, 2016, 2014 and 2005 Michigan State Duck Stamp contests and second place in the 2013 contest, and placed first in 2009 and 2014 for the Michigan Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist of the Year. He tied for seventh in the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Contest. He also painted the 2013 Print of the Year for the Ruffed Grouse Society.
Purchasing the stamps is voluntary and does not replace the state waterfowl hunting license.
MDHA will also mail individuals who purchase a 2020 waterfowl hunting license a free copy of the stamp (subject to availability) if they send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with a copy of their Michigan waterfowl hunting license to: MDHA Waterfowl Stamp Program, P.O. Box 186, Kawkawlin, MI 48631.
Michigan waterfowl hunters are asked to weigh in on preferences for potential changes to the current waterfowl hunting zones by filling out an online survey.
The online survey will be available until Nov. 8. It is available to anyone that bought a Michigan waterfowl hunting license within the last five years. You may take the survey only once.
Every five years, states may make changes to their duck hunting zones; however, any changes must be maintained for the next five years.