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Duck stamps changing with new technology
|Creativity laced with a bit of imitation is creeping into state duck stamp programs, in some cases appreciably changing how state duck stamps look.
Most of the change has been precipitated by state sales agencies that are converting to point-of-sale automated machines.
These machines allow easy reporting for the Harvest Information Program.
The HIP facilitates speedy reporting of bird populations as well as rapid transfer of collected funds to the state coffers.
The system also negates the need for field agents to be bonded, previously a necessity created by their handling of large quantities of stamps.
As situations change, states are reinventing their duck stamp programs to satisfy traditional hunter demand for a stamp to accompany their license.
We can look forward to much innovation, though it is likely that not all of the experiments will be successful.
A few states have issued their 2000 stamps, and some of the changes are significant.
A prime example is Ohio, which has become the first state to issue a duck stamp in the same dollar-bill size as the United States federal self-adhesive stamp.
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