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Louisiana Duck Stamp Program

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at or 225.765.0456.

Created in 1988, the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp) Program funds the creation, restoration, and enhancement of wetland habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife in Louisiana. Through sales of licenses and collector stamps as well as contest entry fees, the program generates about $350,000 annually for projects including land acquisition, wetland development and management on wildlife management areas, and wetland enhancement on private lands via the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a cooperative endeavor among LDWF, Ducks Unlimited, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Duck Stamp Contest

2020 Duck Stamp winner
John Nelson Harris's winning entry in the 2021 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition.

The Louisiana Duck Stamp Program includes a contest to select the design of the annual state duck stamp. The featured species for the 2022 contest is the fulvous whistling duck. With their long legs, necks, and standing posture, whistling ducks more resemble geese than ducks. Plumages of male and female fulvous whistling ducks are the same, and both sexes incubate eggs and share in the rearing of young. Adults are a striking orange-brown color on the head, neck, and chest (thus the name “fulvous”), with blue-gray bill and feet, a black-barred back, white stripes on the flank, and distinctive white “V” above the tail. Louisiana provides breeding habitat for fulvous whistling ducks—they arrive from wintering areas in Mexico, or further south, from mid-April through early May, taking up residence primarily in the rice-growing region of southwest Louisiana. Unlike closely-related black-bellied whistling ducks, which primarily nest in tree cavities and will use wood duck nest boxes, fulvous whistling ducks nest on the ground, preferring rice-field levees or nearby upland fields. Relatively few are taken by Louisiana hunters because they tend to migrate south of the border in late-September through October. Consequently, less is known about the ecology and population status of these intriguing birds than other ducks. 

John Nelson Harris of Groveland, Florida, won the 2021 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition with a painting featuring a mottled duck calmly swimming in a placid waterbody. The 2021 stamp bearing this image will go on sale June 1, 2021.

Entry Information

Entries for the 2022 contest will be accepted from October 18 through October 26, 2021. Again, the 2022 contest will be restricted to designs with fulvous whistling duck as the focal species. Artists are reminded of the requirement for associated habitat.

The contest will be held in the Joe Herring-Louisiana Room at LDWF Headquarters in Baton Rouge starting at 10 am on October 27, 2021. The public is invited to attend.

To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 entry fee to:

Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

The competition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Employees of LDWF and members of their immediate families are ineligible. 

Please note the guidelines in the rules regarding shipping of paintings implemented in 2020. LDWF wants to minimize risk of damage during shipping of contest entries.


A panel of judges with experience in waterfowl biology and/or artistic method will select the winning design based on the following criteria:

  1. Accuracy of form, size, proportion, color, and posture
  2. Level and accuracy of detail in all aspects of the waterfowl
  3. Appropriateness, accuracy, and detail in depiction of the habitat.
  4. Attractiveness and creativity in composition, subject, background, and lighting
  5. Suitability for reproduction as stamps and prints.