2013 California Game Warden Stamp Now Available

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announces the 2013 edition of the Warden Stamp is now available.
The new Warden Stamp, for 2013 is now available for purchase in person from any CDFW regional or licensing offices or by filling out and sending in the CDFW Warden Stamp form with a check or credit card info to your closest CDFW office. You can also e-mail the completed form, if you prefer, as an attachment to an e-mail to:

lrb@wildlife.ca.gov

You may also purchase Warden Stamps via the CDFW online license services (ALDS) at:

www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/

The addresses for the DFG offices are found on page two of the Warden Stamp pdf form. The form can be found at:

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wardenstamp/

(Click on “order by mail/e-mail (PDF)” below the picture of the stamp.)

The Game Warden Stamp isn’t really a “stamp” for your license, such as your federal duck stamp is, as the name might lead you to believe, but rather it’s a roughly 4” x 4” decal.

The new 2013 version has a gold background and a silhouette of a duck landing on it. (see picture below)

2013-warden-stamp_gold-final-print

The 2010 version (which is still available, if you like that design better) is a green shield with an elk silhouette on it. The 2011 version (which is also still available, if you like that design better) is a light blue background with a silhouette of a trout or salmon on it. The new 2012 version (which is also still available, if you like that design better) has a dark brown background and a silhouette of a California quail on it. (see pictures below). If you like them all you could buy one, or more, of each if you want to.

2012WardenStampDecal

2011 Warden Stamp

2010 Warden Stamp

The stamps are $5 each and the funds go into a special account. The money is used to provide our Game Wardens with additional equipment, training and new programs, such as new communications and surveillance devices, protective equipment, training in specialized areas, new law enforcement programs such as the DFG’s K-9 Program and to assist them in their duties.

Due to State budget cuts, non-hunting / fishing politicians feel that the DFG is a “painless” way to cut back on the budget by giving the DFG less to do more with.

Quoting the DFG web site on the Warden stamp:
“Game Wardens are responsible for protecting more than 1,000 native fish and wildlife species, 6,300 native plant species and 360 threatened or endangered species California’s 159,000 square miles of land (414 square miles per warden) 1,100 miles of coastline, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,800 lakes and reservoirs and 80 major rivers. Game Wardens patrol on foot, by plane, boat, all-terrain vehicles, snow mobiles, and even on horseback There is one game warden for every 200,000 constituents.

Game Wardens work hard to educate those they encounter in the outdoors, as well as school children in the classroom, about the importance of resource conservation, pollution prevention, and the importance of a healthy natural environment. These men and women dedicate their lives to ensuring our resources are here for future generations. You do not have to be an outdoor enthusiast to help, just someone who cares about protecting California’s wildlife populations and conserving the habitats in which they live.” In recent years, CDFW’s budget has been significantly reduced due to the state’s economic downturn. These reductions have overwhelmed CDFW’s Law Enforcement Division. Recognizing the dire situation, an advocacy group proposed the idea of selling a “Game Warden Stamp” to raise additional funds to support Game Wardens critical work on behalf of California’s natural resources.

Game Wardens are responsible for protecting more than 1,000 native fish and wildlife species, 6,300 native plant species and 360 threatened or endangered species. California’s 159,000 square miles of land (414 square miles per warden), 1,100 miles of coastline, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,800 lakes and reservoirs and 80 major rivers. Game Wardens patrol on foot, by plane, boat, all-terrain vehicles, snow mobiles, and even on horseback. There is one game warden for every 200,000 constituents.

Game Wardens work hard to educate those they encounter in the outdoors, as well as school children in the classroom, about the importance of resource conservation, pollution prevention, and the importance of a healthy natural environment. These men and women dedicate their lives to ensuring our resources are here for future generations. You do not have to be an outdoor enthusiast to help, just someone who cares about protecting California’s wildlife populations and conserving the habitats in which they live.”

Now – back to me…
The important point here, in my opinion, is getting the money to the “boots on the ground”. If your $5 (or more, if you can afford it) results in some equipment, training or what have you that helps catch a poacher in your area the payoff may be more game or more fish for you and yours to legally harvest. And, the bottom line is, that’s what’s important. As for the “stamp”, stick it on your truck, ammo box or tackle box, stick it in a drawer, throw it away if you want, do whatever you want with it. The important thing is to help give our Fish and Game Wardens the tools they need to protect our hunting and fishing heritage.

Now, excuse while I pull up the ALDS on my computer and order this year’s warden stamps.


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