As waterfowl hunters prepare for the 2022-2023 fall hunting season, Delta Waterfowl urges its members to consider buying an extra duck stamp. Duck stamps, which are required of waterfowl hunters age 16 and over in the United States, and 18 and over in Canada, provide critical conservation funding in both countries.
In the United States, 98% of the revenue generated by selling the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation stamp — commonly called the duck stamp — funds conservation work. Since 1934, the program has raised $1.1 billion dollars, which in turn has been used to protect more than 6 million acres of wetlands in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Similarly, the money waterfowlers spend on the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp is used to conserve, restore and enhance wetlands as well as funding other critical environmental initiatives. Over $55 million has been raised since 1984. Stamp revenue has funded more than 1,500 conservation projects, including Delta Waterfowl habitat conservation, duck production and hunter recruitment programs.
A U.S. duck stamp costs $25, while the Canadian duck stamp accompanies the Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit for a total cost of $17. It’s a small price to pay to help ensure the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting.
Delta Waterfowl encourages U.S. duck hunters who are able to buy two stamps — one because it’s required, and one more to help fund conservation projects.
The U.S. duck stamp is available both online (https://duckstamp.com/products/), at select license vendors, and at U.S. post office locations. If you purchase the U.S. duck stamp online, the physical stamp will be mailed to you. The same is true of purchasing the Canadian duck stamp online (https://www.permis-permits.ec.gc.ca/en/PurchaseHuntingPermit).