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October 26, 2011

Ducks Unlimited Pushes for Electronic Federal Duck Stamps

By Chad Love

Have you ever had trouble purchasing a duck stamp? Would you like the option of buying your duck stamp electronically? That's what some recent congressional testimony from Ducks Unlimited hopes to achieve.

From this press release on the DU website:

Today, Ducks Unlimited voiced its support of legislation that would make the federal duck stamp more readily available to the general public during testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs. In testifying for Ducks Unlimited, DU Director of the Governmental Affairs Office Scott Sutherland discussed how the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2011 would make purchasing the federal duck stamp easier for hunters while preserving the heritage and utility of the traditional duck stamp.


"For generations, waterfowlers have willingly paid for conservation programs and the federal duck stamp is no exception," Sutherland said. "Continuing to find ways to make the duck stamp more accessible to the general public is beneficial to the people who buy the stamp and the wildlife habitat that it conserves." H.R. 3117, the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2011, is a bill to grant the U.S. Secretary of the Interior permanent authority to authorize states to issue electronic duck stamps. For decades, waterfowl hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts could only buy their duck stamps at a physical location, such as a post office.

However, these stamps are not available at all postal locations, sometimes making it difficult for hunters and others to purchase the stamp on short notice. In order to expand access to the public, legislation was passed in 2005 to create a pilot program that allows the public to instantly use federal duck stamps purchased online. Upon purchase, the customer is given a special receipt to print and use while hunting until the actual stamp is delivered by mail.

During the testimony, Sutherland explained that the trial program delivered proven results. "The pilot program has successfully made it easier for the general public to buy federal duck stamps while simultaneously preserving the integrity of the traditional duck stamp. Because of this success, Ducks Unlimited supports H.R. 3117, which would make this program permanent," said Sutherland.

What do you think? Good idea?

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from olinger302 wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

Personally I think this is a great idea! I go through the same process every year of calling post office after post office to find a location that has the stamps in stock.

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from Bob81 wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

I like it too. What really drives me nuts is that here in WI, we can buy our federal duck stamp along with our license and the purchase is printed on our license as proof. It is only a temporary license though, good for 45 days, and they mail you the "real stamp" in the mail later that you then have to carry around with you.

What's the point of the real stamp? Why does the original printed right on the license expire?

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from Nic Meador wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

I'm pretty sure they already do the same thing in Arkansas.

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from shane wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

I like it, so long as real stamps are still available. Believe it or not, not everyone has a computer or internet access.

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from shane wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

We have Amish duck hunters in OH...

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from spiaailtli wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

There are a lot of public access computers and you can already order them online from two differrent places and have them next day. I haven't picked up a federal stamp fromt hte post office in years. It's much easier to click a link and have them delivered to your door.

I hope they don't go the way of our state stamps because I liked collecting them. Now you don't even have the option of getting a real state stamp.

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from olinger302 wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

Shane...I also live in Ohio and as ironic as it sounds my cousin makes his living teaching computer classes and was actually sent to New Bedford to teach a class to the Amish on how to use the new internet deer and turkey tagging system.

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from olinger302 wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

Shane...I also live in Ohio and as ironic as it sounds my cousin makes his living teaching computer classes and was actually sent to New Bedford to teach a class to the Amish on how to use the new internet deer and turkey tagging system.

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from olinger302 wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

Personally I think this is a great idea! I go through the same process every year of calling post office after post office to find a location that has the stamps in stock.

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from Bob81 wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

I like it too. What really drives me nuts is that here in WI, we can buy our federal duck stamp along with our license and the purchase is printed on our license as proof. It is only a temporary license though, good for 45 days, and they mail you the "real stamp" in the mail later that you then have to carry around with you.

What's the point of the real stamp? Why does the original printed right on the license expire?

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from Nic Meador wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

I'm pretty sure they already do the same thing in Arkansas.

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from shane wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

I like it, so long as real stamps are still available. Believe it or not, not everyone has a computer or internet access.

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from shane wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

We have Amish duck hunters in OH...

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from spiaailtli wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

There are a lot of public access computers and you can already order them online from two differrent places and have them next day. I haven't picked up a federal stamp fromt hte post office in years. It's much easier to click a link and have them delivered to your door.

I hope they don't go the way of our state stamps because I liked collecting them. Now you don't even have the option of getting a real state stamp.

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