National Duck Stamp Collectors Society celebrates 30th anniversary

The National Duck Stamp Collectors Society (NDSCS) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

The society, founded by Bob Dumaine, of Houston, Texas, was formed in 1992 during the Interpex Stamp Show in New York City. The primary purpose of the NDSCS is to promote and encourage the collecting and study of migratory waterfowl hunting and conservation stamps. It’s the only stamp collecting society devoted exclusively to duck stamps.

In its 30 years, the NDSCS has maintained a membership of more than 300 collectors. It also produces a quarterly journal, Duck Tracks.

In its 30 years, the society has maintained a membership of more than 300 collectors.

Beginning in 2009, under the direction of then-president Ira Cotton, the society began issuing an annual duck stamp. The artwork over the years has been provided by some of the biggest names in wildlife art. The NDSCS now holds a contest affording all members the opportunity to vote on the art for the stamp. The annual member meeting is normally scheduled during the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, although this has been put on hold for the past couple of years.

Over the years, the society has seen several members serve as both federal and junior duck stamp judges.

One of the original society governors Jeanette Rudy donated a large portion of her collection to the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. Currently, an award funded by the family of former member Sid Crawford to Junior contest state winners who are seniors in high school is administered by the society.

The society also holds an annual contest in which members vote on the best and worst state duck stamps for the year.

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