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Applications for Wild Turkey and Pheasant Stamp funding due April 21, 2019

Published by Central Office March 12, 2019

Contact(s): Mark Witecha, Upland wildlife ecologist and Farm Bill specialist, 608-267-7861

[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated to correct the guidelines for applying for funding.]

MADISON - The application period for Wisconsin Wild Turkey and Pheasant Stamp funding is open through April 21, 2019.

Stamp funds are available to non-profit conservation organizations and units of government focused on habitat development, management, preservation, restoration and maintenance for wild turkey and pheasant. Funding for successful applicants will be available during the Department of Natural Resources' 2020 and 2021 fiscal years.

2019 turkey stamp
2019 Wild Turkey Stamp by Stephen Senechal of Oxford, WI

2019 pheasant stamp
2019 Pheasant Stamp by Todd Haefner of Janesville, WI

Applicants should read the Pheasant Stamp funding guidelines [PDF] and Turkey Stamp funding guidelines [PDF], found at dnr.wi.gov, keywords "wildlife stamps," to determine eligibility for these funds and funding levels.

"Wisconsin's wildlife stamps provide a mechanism for hunters and conservationists to contribute directly to wildlife habitat management efforts," said Mark Witecha, DNR upland wildlife ecologist. "Wisconsin DNR works closely with partners to further our shared conservation missions and broaden the benefits that these funds provide to Wisconsin wildlife."

On average, pheasant stamp sales generate $425,000 annually, and turkey stamp sales generate $700,000. Funds are generated from the sale of wild turkey and pheasant stamps, as well as from a portion of conservation patron license sales. More than 175,000 turkey hunters and 40,000 pheasant hunters contribute to habitat management through these stamp purchases each year. While stamps are required to hunt these species, stamp collectors and conservationists also purchase the stamps to help support wildlife habitat.

For additional eligibility information and criteria, application guidance, funding priorities and more, search keyword "wildlife stamps."

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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