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Information for Hunters

Hunters have always played an integral part in the effort to conserve America’s natural resources. Such efforts are best illustrated by the Federal Duck Stamp Program. For more than 80 years, by buying Duck Stamps, hunters have contributed to the preservation of more than 6 million acres of strategic wetland habitat. The Duck Stamp Program remains committed to this vital and productive partnership with the hunting community.

Waterfowl hunter with dog

Hunters, you should know that . . .

  • If you hunt migratory waterfowl and you are 16 years of age or older, you need to buy a Federal Duck Stamp every year. Duck Stamps can be purchased at a variety of locations, and online through the E-Stamp Program.
  • Once you buy a Federal Duck Stamp, you need to sign the front of it in order for it to be valid. Remember—only you can use your Federal Duck Stamp, and wildlife management personnel will compare your stamp to your hunting license to make sure they are both yours.
  • If you bought an E-Stamp, you must carry your 45-day receipt with you at all times. Once the receipt has expired, you must carry your signed Federal Duck Stamp.
  • If you bought an E-Stamp and you have not received your physical Duck Stamp after a few weeks, contact Amplex.
  • We strongly encourage all hunters of migratory waterfowl to check out the official U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service hunting website. On it, you will find all sorts of useful information, from where you can buy a state hunting permit, to where you can go on the nearest national wildlife refuge to hunt.
  • ALSO---don’t forget to buy a hunting license from your state Fish & Game Department.

Law enforcment officers check to see if waterfowl hunters are carrying a signed Federal Duck Stamp.

If you are 16 years of age or older, it is illegal for you to hunt migratory waterfowl without a signed Federal Duck Stamp. USFWS/Rex Gary Schmidt.

Last updated: February 4, 2015
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