June 30, 2022
Stamp and wildlife art collectors can add to their collections and support conservation at the same time. As the longest running stamp in the world, Federal Duck Stamps are first and foremost miniature works of art. The design itself is chosen each year in the only open-juried art competition sponsored by the federal government.
Who Needs a Federal Duck Stamp?
Although anyone can contribute to wildlife habitat conservation by purchasing a Federal Duck Stamp, waterfowl hunters (those who plan on hunting ducks, geese, and swans) at or over the age of 16 are required to posses a current Federal Duck Stamp, along with state licenses and permits to hunt legally. And don't forget you need to sign the front of your stamp to be completely legal!
What Does My Federal Duck Stamp Pay For?
Your Federal Duck Stamp purchase allows you to be an active conservationist. Duck stamp dollars are put toward wetland projects that provide habitat for a myriad of species–including threatened and endangered plants and animals–as well as provide clean water, aid in flood control, and reduce the effects of soil erosion. These healthy habitats also enhance outdoor recreation opportunities which can provide an economic value to local communities.
Where Can I Buy a Federal Duck Stamp?
You can purchase a Federal Duck Stamp in person at many sporting goods and retails stores, many post offices, and national wildlife refuges.
What is an E-Stamp?
An E-stamp allows you to purchase a stamp online and immediately use the certification to legally hunt for 45-days while your physical stamp is mailed to you.
E-Stamps are available in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
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What is a Junior Duck Stamp?
Each year, tens of thousands of students spend time exploring wetlands and waterfowl and learning about the anatomy and ecological needs of their chosen species of waterfowl and share what they've learned with a painting or drawing. Top entries from each State contest are sent to the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest where an overall winner is chosen. A $5 stamp is created from the national entry and the stamp is sold to raise funds to promote conservation education across the United States.
Junior Duck Stamps are sold to perpetuate this unique wetland conservation education program and are the only stable funding source for this conservation program which annually impacts over 300,000 students, educators, families, and communities. Junior Duck Stamps cannot be used for postage and are not a mandatory purchase for young hunters.
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