2008-2009 Federal Duck Stamp First Day of Sale to be Hosted by Bass Pro Shops

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced this year’s First Day of Sale ceremony for the 2008-2009 Federal Duck Stamp will be hosted by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, located in Arundel Mills, near Baltimore, Maryland.  Bass Pro Shops will also sponsor First Day of Sale events in all of the company’s other forty-four retail stores throughout the country on June 27, 2008.

During the 2008 Federal Duck Stamp Contest last Fall, judges selected Minnesota artist Joseph Hautman’s stunning depiction of a pair of Northern pintails to grace the 75th Federal Duck Stamp. 

“Last year’s First Day of Sale event held at Bass Pro Shops headquarters in Springfield, Missouri was a huge success for waterfowl conservation,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director H. Dale Hall.  “The Duck Stamp is lucky to have supporters such as Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. The stamp is one of the best ways to generate money to acquire wetlands for the future of waterfowl, and Bass Pro Shops’ involvement in the First Day of Sale provides a much appreciated boost to the stamp’s visibility and sales.”

First Day cancellations of the stamp will be available at every Bass Pro Shop hosting an event, and along with other collectible items such as a silk cache First Day of Issue cover, the Artists Commemorative Issue, and a new value added product — The Federal Duck Stamp 75th Anniversary Commemorative Pane of Two.  The Artist Signed Pane of One will not be sold at First Day events. The Pane of One and Pane of Two are limited-edition collectibles produced in small paper format featuring Hautman’s winning artwork.

Please visit the Federal Duck Stamp Program website for Artist Signed Pane of One ordering instructions as well as depictions of all of the products available this year http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.