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April 14, 2015

MADISON -- Wisconsin artists will have until July 24 to submit artwork for the 2016 wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests. Funds derived from the sale of these stamps will contribute to the restoration and management of thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat.

2015 turkey stamp
2015 Wild Turkey Stamp by Robin Raab of Delavan

The top three entries for each stamp will be displayed at the Wisconsin State Fair. With contest finalists on display, thousands of visitors will help increase visibility for both the artists and the stamp programs' positive impacts on Wisconsin's wildlife. Visitation during the 11-day state fair is close to one million people, with around 120,000 visitors to the DNR Park annually.

Stamp design entries must be received or postmarked by July 24, 2015 in order to be eligible. Judging will take place in a closed session on July 31. Following judging, the top three entries for each stamp will be displayed in the Natural Resources Park at the Wisconsin State Fair and available for public viewing from Aug. 6-16. For rules, entry information, and Reproduction Rights Agreements, visit and search keywords "wildlife stamps."

Those who visit DNR Park will be the first to get a "sneak peek" at design winners for the 2016 wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamps. Department staff will be on hand to discuss the history and accomplishments of each program, as well as the central role that wildlife art has played in Wisconsin's habitat conservation efforts.

All stamp contest applicants should review contest rules carefully to ensure the eligibility of their entries. Artwork must meet technical requirements in order to be properly processed and prepared for judging and possible display at the Wisconsin State Fair.

If you would like to receive contest entry deadlines, detailed event information, and the announcement for the winning artwork for 2016, visit and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for "subscribe for updates for DNR topics." Follow the prompts and enroll in the "waterfowl, wild turkey, and pheasant stamp design contests" list.

For more information regarding the Wisconsin State Fair, visit [exit DNR].

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

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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