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Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp

A Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp is required of all persons (unless license exempt) 16 years of age and older hunting or taking any migratory waterfowl (ducks, geese, brant and swans) within the Commonwealth.

How to Purchase

The annual Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp can be purchased for a fee of $10.00 (resident or non-resident) at license agents or clerks that sell Virginia hunting licenses or from the Department's website. Stamp collectors who would like the 2014 Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Collectors Stamp and/or print with artwork by Guy Crittenden can request it by sending an email to VAduckstamp@gmail.com.

Persons buying the stamp online or at a license agent will have the option of having the physical stamp mailed to them. The "Privileges" section on the right side of the license, listing the privileges purchased, will serve as proof of purchasing the stamp.

Either a signed physical stamp, if a stamp was received, or the "Privileges" section of the license must be carried with the licensee while hunting or taking any migratory waterfowl. The stamp does not have to be affixed to the license but must be signed across the face of the stamp by the licensee and cannot be transferred to another hunter.

Stamp Fund

The monies generated from all sales of the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp will be placed in the Department's Game Protection Fund and accounted for under a separate fund designated as the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Fund (the Stamp Fund) and shall be used only by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in the following manner:

  • The Department will first utilize these monies to cover administrative costs associated with production, issuance of, and accounting for the Stamp.
  • The Department shall contract 50% of the remaining annual revenue deposited in the Stamp Fund with appropriate nonprofit organizations for cooperative waterfowl habitat improvement projects. The department will establish an internal review committee to set criteria for project eligibility and approval of projects.
  • The remainder of the monies in the Stamp Fund shall be used by the Department to protect, preserve, restore, enhance and develop waterfowl habitat in Virginia.

For more information, please contact the Department at dgifweb@dgif.virginia.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Do I need a Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp to hunt doves?
    • No. The Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp is only required when hunting or taking ducks, geese, brant or swans in Virginia.
  2. If I get my Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp online or through an automated license system, do I have to send off for the actual stamp?
    • No. When purchasing the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp through an automated license delivery system you will have the option of getting the actual stamp by mail. If you decide not to get the stamp then the license with your listed "privileges" will serve as your proof of purchase.
  3. I'm a collector, can I get a Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp?
    • Yes. Collector editions of the stamps and prints are available by contacting Guy Crittenden by email at VAduckstamp@gmail.com.
  4. Do I still have to be registered with the Virginia Harvest Information Program (HIP) if I buy the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp?
    • Yes. All hunters planning to hunt migratory gamebirds (dove, woodcock, rail, snipe, gallinule and waterfowl) must still register with Virginia's HIP. The HIP registration is free and can be completed by calling 1-888-788-9772 or online at vahip.com.
  5. If I am a landowner hunting waterfowl on my own land do I need to purchase a Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp?
    • The legislation passed establishing the stamp reads "Any person who is exempt from hunting license requirements shall also be exempt from the requirements imposed by this section" (section: 29.1-339.2, Establishment of Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp). This means a landowner hunting waterfowl on their own property would be exempt from purchasing a Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp.
  6. Do I need a Federal Duck Stamp in addition to the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp?
    • Yes. A Federal Duck Stamp is required of any person 16 years of age and older to hunt or take any migratory waterfowl.
  7. Can I buy a Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp at the U.S. Post Office when I pick up my Federal Duck Stamp?
    • No. Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamps are available at license agents that sell Virginia hunting licenses, or online at the Department's web site.
  8. If I get a Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp do I have to sign it and stick it on my hunting license?
    • Yes and No. As the licensee you must sign the stamp across the face of the stamp. The law does not require the stamp to be affixed to the license. The signed stamp must be in your possession when hunting or taking any migratory waterfowl. The Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp cannot be transferred to another hunter.
  9. What do I do if I lose my Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp?
    • You will need to purchase another one. There are no provisions for a duplicate stamp to be sold at a lower fee.
  10. There are no numbers on my stamp - can you explain?
    • Sequential numbering of stamps was costly to print; to save on this administrative overhead, so more dollars could remain in the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Fund, it was decided to forego numbering individual stamps.

About the Artist - Guy Crittenden

The artwork for the 2014 Virginia State Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp by Guy Crittenden features a pair of canvasback ducks gracefully gliding on autumn waters, and reminds the artist of his youth spent on the Ware River in Gloucester.

Guy grew up fishing and hunting on the Chesapeake Bay. He raised waterfowl on the riverbanks of the Ware, crabbed in the shallows along tidal sandbars, and learned about wildlife and the ways of watermen from his grandfather. Guy began to draw and paint as a teenager and, of course, his favorite subject matter was the native wildlife and nature he experienced in his boundless backyard. All of those childhood experiences had a profound impact and influenced his art.

After college, Guy worked for several years for advertising agencies before opening Crittenden Studio, a digital photography and video production studio in Richmond, in the early 1990s. His photography, digital, and fine art have gained national recognition. Guy donates a substantial number of paintings and prints to charities each year. "My art is not only a way to share my experiences, but also a way to contribute to the conservation of natural resources for future generations. It is gratifying on several levels."

Guy has three times been named Virginia Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year, and was the runner up for the 2004-2005 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year. He has consistently placed in the top 10 at the Federal Duck Stamp Competition and is a four-time winner of the Virginia Waterfowl Stamp competition. You can view a collection of Guy’s artwork at www.crittendenstudio.com.