birding-aus Are there positive parts to duck hunting?

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Subject: birding-aus Are there positive parts to duck hunting?
From: Tom and Dixie <>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 02:51:31 -0800

A recent birding-aus posting asked if Duck Unlimited in the U.S. provided
habitat for all wetland birds.  In addition to a yes to that question
please realize that all duck hunters in every state in the U.S. must
purchase a Federal duck stamp to affix to their state hunting license.
Many states also require a duck stamp.  They each cost about $4.00US.  The
proceeds from the sale of the stamps go toward the purchase and maintenance
of the National and State Wildlife Refuges, many of which do not allow
shooting ever.  Some refuges have very limited seasons and restrict
shooting only to certain areas.  All refuges require the use of non-lead
shot.  Many philatelists collect duck stamps even though they are not used
for postage.  Some "birdos"  collect them for their artistic merit.  Each
year wildlife artists compete for the privilege to have their work used as
a state or federal duck stamp.  Few things are totally good or totally bad.
 However, my choice is to contribute to The Nature Conservancy.  TNC either
purchases land or acquires long term easements so they can restore or
maintain good habitat for plants and animals or to maintain high water
quality.  The whole philosophy is related to the "Golden Rule"i.e. "them
what has the gold rule".  If you don't like what an owner is doing or
allowing to be done on his property, buy it and set the rules yourself.  
                        Tom Nelson, The Yank from Oregon        

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