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Congress takes technological step forward by allowing hunters to access duck stamps on phones

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The House has passed legislation, 403-20, to allow hunters to show their duck stamps, which effectively permit them to hunt migratory birds, on their phones, sending the bill to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.

It comes as consumers increasingly use their phones to show proof of purchase for all sorts of items, like concert and airline tickets. But it’s hardly the first time the U.S. government has failed to adapt in real-time to evolving technology, like smart phones.

The legislation, led by Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), cleared the Senate unanimously in late July. Funds generated through the sales of the stamps go directly toward wildlife conservation.