Starting Aug. 1, North Carolina waterfowl hunters will be able to order the federal duck stamp on-line by visiting the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's website (www.ncwildlife.org), going to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website (www.fws.org), calling the Commission at 888-248-6834 or visiting a wildlife service agent.
Hunters who order a stamp on-line will receive a proof-of-purchase receipt that may be used to hunt ducks, geese or other waterfowl until their physical duck stamp arrives in the mail, no later than 45 days after their on-line purchase. After receiving that stamp in the mail, hunters must sign and carry it when hunting waterfowl.
Electronic duck stamps are also available for purchase at www.duckstamp.com. The electronic validation also may be used to obtain free admission to a national wildlife refuge that charges admission fees.
The e-stamp proof-of-purchase is nationally recognized as a valid federal migratory bird-hunting and conservation stamp, is valid in any other state but must be carried by a hunter when he uses the authorized privileges granted by the stamp.
The cost of the USFWS duck e-stamp is $16, plus a $2 transaction fee.
Duck stamps also may be obtained directly at U.S. Post Office locations for $15. Stamps are available for purchase from July 1 to April 1 of each year and expire June 30 of each year.
Other states added to the duck e-stamps program this year include Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri and Virginia. Previously, Arkansas, Florida, Maryland, Texas, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota and Wisconsin had e-duck stamp sales.
A program to make duck stamps available on-line nationwide was part of the Bipartisan Sportsman’s Act co-sponsored by Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), but the bill was derailed two weeks ago in the U.S. Senate.
This year's stamp features a pair of canvasback ducks painted by Adam Grimm of Burbank, S.D.