The first Federal Duck Stamp, designed by J.N. 'Ding' Darling in 1934 at President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s request, depicts two mallards about to land on a marsh pond. USFWS photo.
About the Duck Stamp
Put your stamp on conservation!
The Federal Duck Stamp Program is one of the most successful conservation initiatives in U.S. history. Since the program began in 1934, sales of Federal Duck Stamps have generated more than $850 million to acquire and preserve more than 6.5 million acres of bird and wildlife habitat. You can put your stamp on conservation by purchasing a Federal Duck Stamp and contributing to the conservation of America’s natural resources!
Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, commonly known as Duck Stamps, are pictorial stamps produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Originally created in 1934 as federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl, Federal Duck Stamps have a much larger purpose today.
Federal Duck Stamps are vital tools for wetland conservation by contributing to the Service’s Small Wetlands Program. Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Besides serving as a hunting license and a conservation tool, a current Federal Duck Stamp also serves as an entrance pass for national wildlife refuges. Duck Stamps are popular across the hunting, birding and wildlife-related recreation communities, while the Federal Duck Stamp Contest to select the winning stamp has become the most prestigious federally recognized art competition among wildlife artists and stamp enthusiasts.
In 1993, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosted the first Federal "Junior" Duck Stamp Contest for kids in kindergarten through high school, providing young artists the opportunity to connect with nature inside and outside of the classroom, while competing for "Best of Show" in their state. The Junior Duck Stamp Program includes a dynamic curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students, incorporating scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts curriculum. Proceeds from the sale of Federal Junior Duck stamps go toward environmental education efforts.