DNREC’s 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.
The Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest is now open. Entries are due by Aug. 4, 2023.
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 winning artist for the 2023/2024 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp contest was Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware.
Those who hunt waterfowl in Delaware are required to have a Delaware Waterfowl Stamp. The cost of a Delaware Waterfowl Stamp is $15 for residents ages 16 to 64 and $15 for non-residents ages 16 and older. Delaware residents ages 65 and older are exempt from purchasing a Delaware Waterfowl Stamp.
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?