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Duck Stamp to be Unveiled in Springfield

For the first time ever, the federal duck stamp will be unveiled outside Washington D-C...The ceremony is this Friday at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

In 1934, a man named Jay Norwood Darling conceived of a revenue stamp for hunters that would raise money to protect animal habitats. That was the vision that became the federal duck stamp.

In all those years since its inception, the Duck Stamp has been unveiled each year in Washington D.C.

This week, the new stamp will be unveiled in Springfield at Bass Pro Shops. Then it will be made available at Bass Pro stores across the country.

Laurie Shaffer is Director of Marketing for the Federal Duck Stamp Office.

If you're not familiar with the duck stamp, Shaffer explains what it is and how it works.

The duck stamp ceremony is this Friday 9AM at Bass Pro Shops.

Shaffer explains what will happen during the ceremony.

The artist who designed the duck stamp, which features a ring-neck duck will also be at the ceremony in Springfield. The youth artist who created the junior duck stamp, eighteen-year-old Paul Willey of Arkansas will also be there.

Also this Friday, Wonders of Wildlife will open a federal duck stamp exhibit that previously had only been seen at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.