Contact(s): Jaqi Christopher, DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist, 608-261-8458
MADISON - Eighteen talented wildlife artists submitted a total of 24 pieces of artwork for the 2019 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp design contest. Judging was held on July 20 at the Natural Resources Building in Madison. The judges for the 2019 Wisconsin Wildlife Stamp Art Contest were John Motoviloff from National Wild Turkey Federation, Burt Bushke from Wings Over Wisconsin, Bruce Urben from Wisconsin Waterfowl Association and Alex Weber from Pheasants Forever.
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2019 Wild Turkey Stamp by Stephen Senechal of Oxford, WI
Stephen Senechal from Oxford, was awarded first place for his depiction of a turkey in a wooded setting. Since childhood, Stephen has known he would be an artist and he has been painting for over 30 years now. He has a formal art education with a degree in portraiture from the American Academy of Art. He learned to paint wildlife after moving to Wisconsin, and his winning entry is only the second turkey he has ever painted. Stephen's advice to beginning artists is to learn to draw; the better you can draw, the better you can paint.
Robert Wilkens of Kiel and Marilyn Lindemann of Allenton tied for second place.
All turkey hunters are required to purchase the $5.25 Wild Turkey Stamp to legally hunt turkeys in Wisconsin. Proceeds from stamp sales provide vital support for turkey management and hunting in Wisconsin, and bring in over $775,000 annually for habitat management and restoration projects, education, research, equipment purchases and management of the wild turkey program.
2019 Pheasant Stamp by Todd Haefner of Janesville, WI
Todd Haefner from Janesville, was awarded first place for his painting of a hen and rooster pheasant overlooking an old farmstead. Todd started painting at 10 years old with his family and it was his childhood dream to be a wildlife artist. As an outdoorsman, Todd gains a lot of inspiration from nature, including the setting for his winning piece. Todd's advice to beginning artists is to not be discouraged, painting takes a long time and a lot of practice including a long time spent fixing mistakes.
Second place was awarded to Brian Kuether of Greenfield for his painting of a hen and rooster pheasant in a grassy filed and third place was given to Robert Andrea of Spooner for his painting of rooster pheasants on a winter landscape.
A $10 Pheasant Stamp is required to hunt pheasants in the state of Wisconsin. Proceeds bring in approximately $500,000 annually for the development, management, conservation and maintenance of wild pheasants and their habitat in Wisconsin and also supports the state game farm that raises pheasants for stocking efforts on Wisconsin's public hunting grounds.
2019 Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp by Jon Rickaby or Greenbay, WI
Jon Rickaby of Green Bay won first place for his painting of a pair of redhead ducks. Jon is a self-taught artist that has been painting since he was 12 years old. For him, art is a family activity and he is proud for his son who won the 2019 Great Lakes Salmon Contest. Jon's advice to beginning artists is to slow down and produce a high-quality product; use competitions as an opportunity to hone your skills.
Second place was awarded to Keith Raddatz of Watertown for his painting of a gadwall. Third place went to Brian Kuether of Greenfield for his painting of a common goldeneye.
Duck and goose hunters are required to purchase the $7 Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp in order to hunt waterfowl in the state. Revenue from these sales generates an estimated $350,000 for managing, restoring, and protecting habitat in Wisconsin and Canada for waterfowl and other wetland-associated species.
Please note that an electronic "stamp approval" is printed on the licenses of wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl hunters at the time of purchase. Hunters will not receive an actual stamp unless they request it. To obtain a physical copy of a stamp, visit the Wildlife and Fish Collector Stamp webpage, or go to any DNR Service Center.
For more information regarding Wisconsin's wildlife stamps, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "wildlife stamps."