There was a time when hunters and fisherman received the actual stamp at the time of in person purchase. Nowadays we all buy our sporting licenses digitally, and the stamp fee is listed on our receipt to prove we have paid. For the most part, hunters just pocket their receipt or in some cases load it onto a smart phone and head for the fields, marshes, and forests. In all the
the excitement of preparing for the hunt, the last thing we think about is an artistic stamp.
Not long ago the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced the artists who won the collector stamp competition. This news got me to thinking about, “back in the day”… where upon it dawned on me that I have a lot of the old stamps. Are these new stamps available even to those who purchase licenses online? The answer is YES.
To see the contest results and rules for upcoming stamp competition go the Wisconsin DNR website and enter key word “stamps” in the search bar. The artists compete for the honor of being the best; they are not compensated monetarily, their work is a donation to the cause. Of course by competing they get publicity for their work and bragging rights if they win. My grandpa also said, “it ain’t bragging if you do it.” and “no brag, just fact.”
To obtain stamps for previously purchased stamp privileges:
If you purchased a license for the previous or current year with the Wildlife or Fish Stamp privilege(s) you can obtain the stamps by the following methods:
- Request your stamp online by completing the Online Order Form;
- At any DNR Service Center.
Anyone can purchase Wisconsin collector stamps by:
- by mail using the Collector Stamp Order (form 9400-567) [PDF]
- at any DNR Service Center.
The funds raised through the purchase of these stamps are used to improve habitat. I encourage more people to step up and do their part
to improve wildlife and fishery habitat across the state of Wisconsin. Some folks are probably wondering why charlie has the fishing stamps; each year I purchase the Conservation Patron license, this license includes the financial requirements for almost all the outdoor activities in WI. Even though I do not use the state park system, rarely fish and only sometimes trap I recognize these are important aspects of outdoor recreation that deserve support so that all can enjoy pursuits of the outdoors now and in the future. Money well spent.
Of course, it would be best if the State provided these stamps to all who purchase automatically. None the less, I can’t understand why someone who paid for such would not put in a request. Seems to be a nice item to collect.