Louisiana duck hunters will be allowed to purchase federal waterfowl stamps online and through hunting-and-fishing license vendors throughout the state beginning Aug. 1, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said today.

To purchase a federal E-Stamp online starting Aug. 1, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses/hunting-licenses.

Louisiana was one of five states selected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services for the pilot program, the LDWF said. Other states are Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia.

"We are pleased to be among the first in the country to offer this hunting permit purchase option and will continue to work to provide our customers more convenient  methods for license and permit purchases,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.

Hunters who purchase the federal E-Stamp online starting Aug. 1 may use the confirmation number given at the time of purchase for 45 days from the date of purchase. Within that time frame, a federal duck stamp will be mailed.

Hunters will also have the option to purchase a temporary federal E-Stamp from any retail vendor selling Louisiana hunting licenses, the LDWF said. The temporary stamp issued at the time of purchase through either of these methods will allow the hunter to legally harvest waterfowl while awaiting an actual stamp that will be mailed to the license holder’s address.  After the 45 days, the customer must carry their federal duck stamp while hunting.