The Delaware Waterfowl Stamp Program helps raise funds for waterfowl conservation. Hunters and stamp collectors buy stamps and prints. The money raised is used to restore and improve wetland habitat vital for migratory waterfowl. DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife began the program in 1980, in partnership with Delaware Ducks Unlimited. The program has generated more than $3.6 million.
DNREC invites artists to submit entries each winter for the annual Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest. A panel of judges selects the winning artwork that will adorn the Delaware Waterfowl Stamp for the following year’s hunting season.
The winning artist is awarded a prize of $2,500. DNREC retains rights to use the original artwork. In addition to the stamp, DNREC also produces prints available for purchase.
The next Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest will take place in the Late summer or fall of 2022. Judging dates will be set based on the progress of Delaware’s COVID-19 response and the need to protect public health. When dates are set, DNREC will notify artists and post the dates here.
The winning artist for the 2022/23 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp contest was Broderick Crawford of Tiger, Georgia.
Collectors and Buyers:
Past Delaware Waterfowl Stamps and prints are available for purchase. Use the Waterfowl Stamps Order Form.
Funds from the sales of waterfowl stamps and prints have been used to restore and improve habitat for waterfowl and a diversity of other wildlife at several state wildlife areas. They include Assawoman, Little Creek, Ted Harvey and Woodland Beach state wildlife areas.
The program also supports a partnership with Ducks Unlimited to restore maritime wetland habitat in Canada. Canadian maritime habitats are breeding grounds for many waterfowl that migrate through and winter in Delaware.
For more information on Delaware Waterfowl Stamps and prints, please contact the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Recreational Licensing Program, at 302-739-9918 or by email, at DFWRecLic@delaware.gov.
Did you know there’s also a Delaware Trout Stamp Contest?