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U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Boozman (R-AR) announced their bipartisan legislation to authorize a permanent electronic duck stamp for the entirety of a waterfowl hunting season was signed into law by President Joe Biden Tuesday.
The Duck Stamp Modernization Act of 2023 (S. 788) will make the Federal Duck Stamp more accessible, decrease barriers to compliance, and increase revenue for conservation. It will allow hunters access to an electronic duck stamp via their smart phone to meet the requirement that they purchase a Federal Duck Stamp and carry it while in the field.
“People come from all over the world to duck hunt in Louisiana,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Hunters can now use their phone rather than a physical duck stamp. Welcome to the 21st century! This makes their experience that much better.”
“Arkansans are rightfully proud of the unique environment that makes our state a world-class duck hunting location. Modernizing the Federal Duck Stamp is great news for waterfowlers who want to take part in this time-honored tradition and share their appreciation for this popular outdoor activity. I’m pleased the president has signed the Duck Stamp Modernization Act of 2023 into law,” said Senator Boozman.
Cassidy and Boozman were joined by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Angus King (I-ME), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) in cosponsoring the legislation.
The legislation is backed by a number of leading conservation and wildlife organizations.