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looked for ways to provide money for waterfowl habitat, restoration and protection. It was through a committee of Darling, Aldo Leopold and Tom Beck, the editor of Collier’s and chairman of the Connecticut State Board of Fisheries and Game, that the creation of the duck stamp took root. Then, in 1934, President Roosevelt appointed Darling to head the Bureau of Biological Survey. Darling was sworn in on March 10, 1934, and one week later, Roosevelt signed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act. After Darling was asked by President Roosevelt to design the first stamp, he drew up six sketches (on cardboard cut from stiffeners on shirt hangers found in his office) of what a duck stamp might look like. Darling then gave the sketches to his assistant to look over. Several days later, Darling asked his assistant about the progress of the stamp and was told that one had been selected and engraving was underway. The first stamp depicted a pair of mallards landing in a marsh. Hunters were required to have the stamp in possession when hunting waterfowl, but they were not required to sign across the face of the stamp as hunters today must. In fact, it was illegal to deface this first stamp. It was quickly

learned, though, that some hunters would share the same stamp among one another. So, when the following year’s stamp was issued, the requirement that hunters had to sign their name across the stamp was instituted. During that first year, 635,000 stamps were sold. The second year, however, sales dropped to 448,204 — the fewest in duck stamp history. Sales peaked in 1971-72, at nearly 2.5 million. Today, sales hover around 1.6 million. In 1949 the price of a stamp increased to $2; 1959, $3; 1972, $5; 1979, $7.50; 1987, $10; 1989, $12.50 and in 1991, the cost of the stamp went to $15 and has not been increased since. From 1935 through 1948, noted wildlife artists were asked to submit designs for the stamp. In 1949, a contest was open to U.S. artists. During that first year, 65 artists submitted 88 designs, and by 1981, there were 2,099 entries. This is still the only art competition sponsored by the U.S. government. Winners do not receive any compensation for their work, other than a pair of stamps carrying their design, but the winning artists can sell prints of their design, which are highly sought after by hunters and art collectors. Mallards and canvasbacks have appeared on the stamp five times, more than any other species. The canvasback appeared on stamps in 1935, 1965, 1975 (as a decoy), 1982 and 1993. The mallard appeared on stamps in 1934, 1959, 1961, 1986 and 1995. The 1995 stamp depicted a black Labrador retriever, by the name of King Buck, retrieving a mallard. In 1946, the words, “It is
THE SECOND DUCK STAMP, done in 1935, has become the rarest of all the federal stamps. Only 448,204 were sold.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
Three Centuries and Counting
A Different Perspective
Trappin’ a Bobcat
Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
Looking Back Through Binoculars
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Three Centuries and Counting
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - A Different Perspective
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Trappin’ a Bobcat
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Looking Back Through Binoculars
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Crossings
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