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Wisconsin Congressman Kind proposes getting federal duck hunting stamps online

Congressman Ron Kind (D-Wisconsin)
Congressman Ron Kind (D-Wisconsin)

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin hunters could get their federal duck stamps online under a bill proposed by La Crosse House Democrat Ron Kind.

He and Virginia Republican Rob Wittman say it makes sense to make it more convenient for sporting enthusiasts and collectors to get their duck stamps on the Internet.

It could save a trip to local post offices, wildlife refuges, and sporting goods shops where the stamps are now sold.

Kind first proposed the idea a few years ago. Since then, a pilot program was conducted in 15 states – not including Wisconsin.

Kind said it resulted in higher stamp sales, thus raising more money for a federal conservation fund. Those revenues have been used to buy or lease over 5 million acres of wetlands and habitat for waterfowl.

Kind’s bill would work like the pilot program did. Electronic proofs of purchase would grant duck hunters free access to the nation’s 553 federal wildlife refuges.

After 45 days, the proof of purchase would expire, and hunters must have the normal paper stamp to get its full benefit.