E-asy way to buy a duck stamp
Traditional paper duck stamp and art contest will continue
MEMPHIS, Tenn., August 16, 2007 – Get ready. Buying a federal duck stamp is about to get easier. On September 1, you can buy an electronic federal duck stamp.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and nine other states are partnering in a three-year pilot program. The goal is to make it easier to buy the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the duck stamp.
“This should really make it easy for hunters to get a duck stamp any time of day by phone or online,” said Ducks Unlimited Executive Vice President Don Young. “It’s a service to waterfowl hunters that DU certainly worked hard to support.”
Young says DU also wanted to make sure the e-stamp would not replace the rich waterfowling heritage of the traditional paper duck stamp and the federal duck stamp art competition.
States participating in the pilot program include Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Texas and Wisconsin. The fish and wildlife agencies in these states will handle the sales.
All it takes is a credit card to buy an e-duck stamp. You don’t even have to live in one of the nine states.
Each agency will sell stamps electronically through their automated licensing systems. The purchaser is then given a unique code. The code is proof that the purchaser possesses a valid federal duck stamp for 45 days.
Meanwhile, a printed stamp is sent by mail. After the 45 days, the code expires, and the purchaser must possess the mailed paper stamp to receive its full benefit. All waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required to carry a valid federal duck stamp or a valid purchase code when waterfowl hunting.
"This pilot program explores one way to improve service to duck stamp purchasers, in particular those from rural or remote areas," said U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director, H. Dale Hall. "We are always looking for new ways to better serve the public and enhance wetland conservation."
The e-duck stamp is intended to meet the needs of modern-day hunters and those needing a stamp to enter a national wildlife refuge. The Fish & Wildlife Service will evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot program.
Since the stamp's inception in 1934, it’s raised more than $700 million and protected more than 5.2 million acres of waterfowl habitat.
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with more than 12 million acres conserved. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands - nature’s most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.