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Alaska senators sponsor duck stamp bill for hunters

Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ANCHORAGE — U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich have introduced a bill that would remove the requirement that Alaskans purchase duck stamps for subsistence purposes.

The federal Duck Stamp Act requires all hunters age 16 or older to purchase and carry a $15 stamp before hunting.

The Interior Department issued an opinion back in 2001 requiring subsistence hunters to buy the stamp. The department gave hunters a grace period, but that’s now over.

Groups representing subsistence hunters say requiring them to purchase a stamp before shooting migratory birds is unfair — and impossible for many to comply with.

The Murkowski-Begich bill has been referred to the Environment and Public Works committee.

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