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Waterfowl Stamp Program
Waterfowl Stamp Program

​​​​​​Purchase a Stamp

Colorado requires all waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older to buy a Colorado hunting license​ (either a small game or a combination license) with a Colorado duck stamp verification, in addition to the federal duck stamp.

How-to Purchase: ​​​An actual stamp can be re​quested at the time the hunting license is purchased and will be mailed to the purchaser.

Art Stamp Contest

The Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Program contest selected original waterfowl artwork for the Colorado waterfowl stamp. A stamp and a print of the artwork are sold to waterfowl and wetland enthusiasts, bird watchers, and stamp and print collectors. The net proceeds from these sales are used to support wetland projects that benefit ducks, geese, shorebirds and other wetland-dependent wildlife species.

1st - Guy Crittenden's 'Colorado Marsh Mallards'
2016 ​Winners Selected

Colorado Heritage Foun​dation​​ and the Waterfowl Stamp Art Committee selected Guy Crittenden's original art entitled "Colorado Marsh Mallards" as the 2016 Waterfowl stamp. First place prize was $3,500, second place $1,000 and third place $500! View all the 2016 contest winners​.

The Colorado Waterfowl Stamp program was implemented in 1990 and provides funding to conserve wetlands for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.

About the Program

The Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Program is designed to conserve wetlands for waterfowl and water birds. All revenue generated from the sale of the hunter version of the Waterfowl Stamp (more than $6.7 million to date) is used to fund wetlands projects throughout the state. More than 19,500 acres of wetlands have been protected with Waterfowl Stamp funds. Participation in the Waterfowl Stamp Program by hunters and non-hunters alike is an effective way to contribute to the conservation of this precious resource. Wetlands conservation efforts of the Waterfowl Stamp Program improve habitat for ducks, geese, and more than 500 other species of shorebirds, songbirds, amphibians and reptiles. 

Learn about the history, accomplishments and challenges of the waterfowl stamp program in the "Colorado Waterfowl Stamp" article from the 2010 Colorado Outdoors magazine Hunting Guide.  

The Waterfowl Stamp Program is part of the larger Colorado Parks and Wildlife wetlands conservation effort. Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Wetlands Program seeks to conserve wetlands through voluntary, incentive-based, means. Since 1997, approximately $20 million has been spent on the completion of wetlands restoration or enhancement projects, or on the purchase of wetlands protection in the form of conservation easements and fee titles. This funding has come from a variety of sources, including:

Visit the Wetlands Program​ page to find information on types of wetlands, lists of wetland-dependent species, project reports on wetland projects in Colorado, and a description of how the Waterfowl Stamp Program fits in Colorado's overall wetlands conservation effort.​​