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A Look Back: Original Paintings From Mississippi’s Past Waterfowl Stamps

Wood Ducks Artist: Debra Swartzendruber, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Aven of Water Valley.

JACKSON – The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science invites visitors to view original duck stamp paintings by Mississippi artists.

The 19 winning entries featured on past state pictorial duck stamps from 1977-1998 are on display now through March 31. The state duck stamp competition was discontinued in 1998, which makes viewing this exhibit a rare opportunity for those visiting the Museum.

The Mississippi State Duck Stamp Program, administered by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, was established in 1976.

A Mississippi duck stamp, along with a federal duck stamp and Mississippi hunting license, is required by all waterfowl hunters age 16 and older to hunt in Mississippi. “The impacts of waterfowl hunting on our state are tremendous. The sport contributes approximately $152 million each year to our state’s economy, second only to deer hunting,” according to MDWFP Waterfowl Program Coord-inator Ed Penny.

In recent years, Miss-issippi has averaged 34,093 duck stamps sold per year, generating an average of $359,262 annually. Duck Stamps provide the MDWFP and other private land habitat programs a source of revenue for various projects including funding in-state waterfowl conservation, habitat acquisition, research, and development programs. For details on acquiring a Mississippi duck stamp, please visit http://home. mdwfp.com/waterfowl

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