The new 2017-2018 Duck Stamp

The 2018-2019 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation [Duck] Stamp and the Junior Duck Stamp have been issued.

The new Duck Stamp (valid from July 2018 through June 2019) costs $25, and it contains an image by Bob Hautman of a pair of Mallards about to land in water. See the stamp reproduced above. This is the third time that Bob Hautman's wonderful artwork has graced the Federal Duck Stamp. The other two times were on the stamps for 2001-2001 (Northern Pintail) and 1997-1999 (Canada Goose).

2018 duck stamp
 
The stamp, of course, a federal license to hunt waterfowl, is also a valuable free pass to all National Wildlife Refuges that charge for entry. Sales throughout the next 12 months should raise close to $40 million for bird habitat acquisition in the National Wildlife Refuge System. There is no more simple, cost-effective, and direct way to ensure that wetland, bottomland, and grassland habitats are secured than to buy a Duck Stamp.
 
The new Junior Duck Stamp - costing $5 - boasts an image (shown here) of an Emperor Goose by Rayen Kang of Johns Creek, Georgia.

Stamps are available at many locations, including a number of National Wildlife Refuges, most large Post Offices, and through Amplex Corporation. 
 
If you want another quick and easy way to get the Federal Duck Stamp, send a check for $25 made out to Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope (to us at P.O. Box 2143, Columbia MD 21045), and a note with your phone number and your e-mail address if there are any problems.

Visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service web site for more information and to order your conservation duck stamp.