New Mexico electronic duck stamps

SANTA FE – New Mexico duck and goose hunters will have a more convenient way to purchase federal duck stamps beginning Sept. 1, when the Department of Game and Fish will start selling the stamps under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s E-Stamp program.

Federal duck stamps, also known as Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, are required for all duck and goose hunters ages 16 and older. Hunters can purchase the stamp online, at license vendors, and by phone at (888) 248-6866, and will receive the physical stamp within 45 days by regular mail. A receipt, or validation on the hunter’s license will meet the federal requirement until the physical stamp is received. Duck stamps are valid in any state and expire June 30, 2018.

The stamp costs $26.50, including the processing fee for mailing. An additional $1 vendor fee will apply.

According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, by buying duck stamps, waterfowl hunters have supported the conservation of more than 5.7 million acres of strategic wetland habitat. Ninety-eight percent of the purchase price of the stamp goes directly to buy and lease wetland habitat on national wildlife refuges.