Today at Northwoods’R.com, we’re asking one simple question. Would you support the creation of a Federal Upland Stamp? The Upland Stamp does not currently exist but it has been proposed by our friends at UltimateUpland.com and we’re hoping to see those that care about upland hunting and its preservation as a sport and tradition jump on the bandwagon!
Ultimate Upland has taken care of the initial idea and detailed some history of the Federal Duck Stamp as well as the ideology behind the Upland Stamp. Check out Ultimate’s initial post on the topic here , which will “ultimately” (pun intended!) lead you to a new website set-up to support the proposed stamp which you’ll find here. Once there, you’ll want to make sure you sign the petition in support of the stamp as I have.
The idea of a Federal Upland Stamp is an interesting topic, especially considering a Federal Duck Stamp already exists. Many states administrate their own stamp programs including trout and pheasant stamps for example. The state programs make sense because not all states maintain hunt-able/fish-able populations of these particular species. Where I think upland birds differ and what makes a Federal Stamp possible is the diverse and broad range of all the upland bird species combined. Not unlike waterfowl, we’re talking about many different individual species of birds that span the nation providing hunting access to a national population. I believe this helps to support the idea of a federally administered upland stamp.
For most of the Northwoods’R audience, the importance of the upland bird need not be explained, but for the rest of you, consider this. A healthy upland bird population, as they are non-migratory, typically represents a healthy ecosystem. Upland birds native to the land (we’ll consider pheasants native for the sake of this argument) thrive in healthy, native habitat utilizing native food sources as they have evolved and adapted to do so.
As Sportsmen and women have continually done in the past, we feel that now is the time to step to the plate again and raise our voice in support of wildlife conservation. If you value upland hunting, the wildlife upland hunting supports and the heritage of our sporting traditions please sign the petition for the Federal Upland Stamp today.
P.S. Spring is right around the corner, don’t forget to follow the live woodcock migration over at RGS. They haven’t made it to Minnesota quite yet, but with the warm temps we’ve been having it could be any day now!