The New Jersey Waterfowl Stamp
The New Jersey Waterfowl Stamp Program has been a success story for waterfowl and their habitat. Since the inception of the New Jersey Waterfowl Stamp Program in 1984, over $3 million have been raised leading to the purchase of nearly 11,000 acres from Sussex to Cape May, nearly all of which is open to hunting. The Stamp Program has also funded habitat improvement projects and research activities related to habitat carrying capacity in New Jersey.
Monies in the New Jersey Waterfowl Stamp Account are specifically and legally earmarked "…only for funding acquisition, protection, maintenance, improvement, and enhancement of waterfowl habitat and associated wetlands…and access sites for public use of waterfowl habitat areas." New Jersey Waterfowl Stamp account monies cannot be used by the general State Treasury or for administrative costs within the Division of Fish and Wildlife.
The Waterfowl Advisory Committee oversees the New Jersey Duck Stamp Program. This nine-member volunteer committee was established by the Waterfowl Stamp Act of 1984.
The artwork for the New Jersey state waterfowl stamp, along with the paper stamp was discontinued in 2009 as a cost saving measure. This trend has been recognized in many states in addition to New Jersey. Cost savings are realized because stamp funds are not expended producing prints and the physical stamps themselves. Rather, all incoming funds are used for habitat acquisition or enhancement.
Notwithstanding the loss of the paper stamp, waterfowl hunters 16 years and older are still required to comply with the law and purchase a state waterfowl stamp certification through the Division's licensing system prior to hunting. State stamp certifications are available from license agents or online.
At an agent, when the stamp certification is purchased at the same time as a license, proof of purchase will print on the license. Those who purchase a stamp certification at a time other than when the hunting license is purchased will receive a separate, printed stamp certificate. Stamp certifications purchased online are self-printed. The price of the stamp certification is $5 for NJ residents and $10 for nonresidents.
Waterfowl hunters should take pride in the fact that their purchase of a New Jersey Waterfowl Stamp has many benefits. Nonhunters, as well as hunters who do not pursue waterfowl, are invited to also purchase stamps and contribute to the protection and enhancement of waterfowl habitat for the many species which utilize them.
NEW JERSEY WATERFOWL STAMPS AND PRINTS, 2003-2008
Effective with the 2009 NJ Waterfowl Stamp, the paper stamp and waterfowl print were discontinued. The artwork and information on waterfowl stamps/prints from 2003 through 2008 is found below.
2008 N.J. Waterfowl Stamp and Print
by Rob Leslie
25th Anniversary Edition - "Canvasback Ducks"
This is the twenty-fifth stamp to be issued by New Jersey and features a hen and drake canvasback painted by award winning artist Rob Leslie.
2007 N.J. Waterfowl Stamp and Print
by Michael Braun
Retriever Puppy Series/Print V - "The Chocolate Lab Puppy"
This is the twenty-fourth stamp to be issued by New Jersey and the fifth in the Retriever Puppy Series and features a Chocolate Labrador Retriever puppy. Painted by award winning artist Michael Braun, the stamp features a green winged teal decoy carved by the artist's father, Ed O. Braun, Jr.
2006 N.J. Waterfowl Stamp and Print
by Roger Cruwys
Retriever Puppy Series/Print IV - "The Golden Retriever Puppy"
This is the twenty-third stamp to be issued by New Jersey and the fourth in the Retriever Puppy Series and features a Golden Retriever puppy. Painted by award winning artist Roger Cruwys, the stamp features a wood duck decoy carved by Jode Hillman.
2005 N.J. Waterfowl Stamp and Print
by Phillip Crowe
Retriever Puppy Series/Print III - "The Chesapeake Bay Puppy"
This is the twenty-second stamp to be issued by New Jersey and the third in the Retriever Puppy Series and features a Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy. Painted by award winning artist Phillip Crowe, the stamp features canvasback decoy carved by Paul Dobrosky.
2004 N.J. Waterfowl Stamp and Print
by Phillip Crowe
Retriever Puppy Series/Print II - "The Yellow Lab Puppy"
This is the twenty-first stamp to be issued by New Jersey and the second in the Retriever Puppy Series and features a Yellow Labrador Retriever puppy. Painted by award winning artist Phillip Crowe, the stamp features a hooded merganser decoy carved by John Potts.
2003 N.J. Waterfowl Stamp and Print
by James Killen
Retriever Puppy Series/Print I - "The Black Lab Puppy"
This is the twentieth stamp to be issued by New Jersey and the first in the Retriever Puppy Series and features a black Labrador Retriever puppy. Painted by award winning artist James Killen, the stamp features a pintail decoy carved by Clarence Fennimore.