NORTH DAKOTA (KXNET) — A federal duck stamp is required for waterfowl hunters 16 and older beginning September 1.

Waterfowl includes ducks, geese, swan, mergansers, and coots.

This year’s 2022-2023 federal duck stamp is available for electronic purchase through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, or at license vendors registered with the department’s licensing system.

The electronic stamp is a purchased item like any other hunting or fishing license.

When the purchase is completed, the electronic stamp is valid immediately.

“Federal Duck Stamp” will be printed on the license certificate, along with an expiration date of 45 days from the date of purchase.

The physical stamp will be sent by U.S. Mail.

It is processed and sent by the official duck stamp vendor in Texas and should arrive to buyers well before the expiration date printed on the electronic license.

The physical stamp must remain in possession of the hunter after the 45-day electronic stamp has expired.

Individuals with questions regarding the status of their physical stamp can contact the federal duck stamp vendor customer service number at 800-852-4897.

The federal duck stamp has a fee of $25. An additional $2 fee is added to cover the shipping and handling costs of the physical stamp.