The Wildlife Photography of Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr.
2004/05 Mississippi Duck Stamp & Print
Governor's Signature Edition
The Governer's Signature Edition is a special collector's series, prized by duck enthusiasts and historians alike. This collector's series is sought aster because of the unique period in time it represents. The first year of a new governor's term is the only time this special collector's series is available. Mississippi's history has duck hinting at its heart and sportsmen at the helm. The tradition dates back to 1988.
The wood duck was nearly hunted to extinction in the late 1800's and early 1900'x for its feathers and meat. Once the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 protected the species with legal harvest limits the wood duck made a remarkable comeback. The use of man-made boxes and the expansion of wetlands also contributed to the recovery of the wood duck in North America.
Considered by many to be the most beautiful of all waterfowl, the wood duck is highly prized by hunters and makes up more than ten percent of the annual waterfowl harvest in the United States. It is second only to the mallard in the number of birds harvested in the Mississippi flyway.
The 2004/05 Mississippi Duck Stamp, entitled Spring Courtship, has been reproduced as a lithographic print on acid free paper with fade resistant inks. The image is 6"x9" and is printed on 12"x14" paper. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of Spring Courtship will go to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks to be used in the continuing effort toward waterfowl conservation in Mississippi.
Pricing and Numbering Information
Regular Edition $160
Artist Proof $185
Governor's Edition $300
Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr. Wildlife Photography