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July 29, 2014

MADISON - Talented artists from throughout Wisconsin submitted a total of 36 pieces of artwork for the 2015 Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests. Robin Raab and James Pieper were selected as this year's winners, with Raab submitting winning turkey and pheasant designs and Pieper submitting the winning waterfowl design.

Judging for the contest took place July 25. The top three pieces of artwork for each of the three stamp contests will be on display in the Natural Resources Park at the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair. The artists, their families, and members of the public are encouraged to view the artwork and learn more about Wisconsin's wildlife stamp program.

2015 Wild Turkey and Pheasant Stamp design contest

A painting depicting two turkeys in a Wisconsin farmland setting, submitted by Robin Raab of Delavan, took the top prize in the 2015 Wild Turkey Stamp design contest. Raab also took first place in the 2015 Pheasant Stamp design contest with her painting of two pheasant roosters in a field. This is Raab's first time submitting artwork for the wildlife stamp design contests.

While Raab has no formal training in painting, the abundance of natural beauty and animals near her home inspired her to pursue a new way to express her love for art and wildlife.

Many wild turkeys make their home on Raab's property - she used the big toms strutting right outside her window as inspiration for her first place Wild Turkey Stamp entry. She has also been visited by a pheasant rooster for the past three years, and modeled her first place Pheasant Stamp entry after pictures she took of this bird.

2015 Wild Turkey Stamp Winner
The winning stamp submitted for the 2015 Wild Turkey Stamp contest.
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Raab particularly admires the work of wildlife artists Robert Bateman and Carl Brenders, and her advice for beginning artists is first and foremost to have fun and understand the work and discipline involved. Raab attributes her success to her passion for wildlife.

Second place in the 2015 Wild Turkey Stamp design contest went to Robert Andrea of Spooner, and third place went to John Nemec, Jr., of Peshtigo.

All turkey hunters are required to purchase the $5.25 Wild Turkey Stamp to legally hunt turkeys in Wisconsin, and proceeds help provide vital support for turkey management in Wisconsin. Wild Turkey Stamp sales generate over three-quarters of a million dollars annually for habitat management, restoration projects, education, research, equipment purchases and the management of the wild turkey program statewide.

Second place in the 2015 Pheasant Stamp design contest went to John Nemec, Jr., of Peshtigo, and third place went to Steven Hovel of DeForest.

2015 Pheasant Stamp Winner
The 2015 Pheasant Stamp Winner.
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A $10 Pheasant Stamp is required to hunt pheasants in the state of Wisconsin, and sales bring in several hundred thousand dollars annually for the development, management, conservation and maintenance of wild pheasants and their habitat. Proceeds also support the stocking of pen-reared pheasants on Wisconsin's public hunting grounds.

2015 Waterfowl Stamp design contest

First place in the 2015 Waterfowl Stamp design contest went to James Pieper of Iron Ridge for his painting of a pair of blue-winged teal. Pieper also won the 2011 Waterfowl Stamp design contest, 1994 Pheasant Stamp design contest and 1993 Wild Turkey Stamp design contest.

Pieper's lifelong relationship with art has been greatly influenced by the works of artist Owen Gromme - especially Gromme's winning 1945 Federal Duck Stamp design featuring a pair of northern shovelers. In fact, there's a good chance the taxidermy mount Pieper used while working on his winning entry for the 2011 Waterfowl Stamp contest was used by Gromme in 1945 - its tag listed the specimen's collection by "O. J. Gromme at Lake Puckaway, 1932."

The inspiration for Pieper's winning 2015 Waterfowl Stamp design contest entry came from the waterfowl enclosure at the Suamico Zoo, where he took photographs to provide inspiration. Pieper's art education includes two years of graphic design study at Milwaukee Technical College.

2015 Waterfowl Stamp Winner
The winning submission for the 2015 Waterfowl Stamp contest.
WDNR Photo

Second place in the 2015 Waterfowl Stamp design contest went to Samuel Timm of Wautoma, and third place went to Keith Raddatz of Watertown.

Proceeds from the sale of the $7 Waterfowl Stamp are used for managing, restoring and protecting habitat in Wisconsin and Canada for waterfowl and other wetland species. Duck and goose hunters are required to purchase the Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp in order to hunt waterfowl in Wisconsin.

The judging panel for the 2015 Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamp design contests included Brian Glenzinski, regional biologist for Ducks Unlimited, Caleb Metrich, past winner of the stamp design contest, and George Metrich, an avid outdoorsman and retired taxidermist.

Please note that an electronic "stamp approval" is printed on wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl licenses at the time of purchase. Hunters will only receive an actual stamp upon request. Each state stamp is available free of charge at DNR service centers for hunters with stamp approval. Those interested in collecting the Wisconsin wildlife stamps may purchase one directly from the department. For more information, contact the DNR Call Center at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463) or visit the online licensing center.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Krista McGinley, DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist, 608-261-8458

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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