February 8, 2011
MADISON - Applications to fund habitat work by conservation organizations and government agencies to benefit wild turkeys, pheasants, and waterfowl are now available from the Department of Natural Resources. The applications are due March 28, 2011, for work to be done in 2012 and 2013.
Funds raised through the sale wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamps and a portion of the Conservation Patron license are made available to conservation organizations and units of government. Eligibility information and criteria, application guidance, and more information can be found on each of the species pages on the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov. Funds may be used only for developing, managing, preserving, restoring and maintaining the wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl populations and their habitat in the state.
"Since their inception, millions of dollars of wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp funds have been awarded to conduct habitat management, research, and outreach that benefits the species, their habitat, and the people who enjoy hunting and viewing them," said Scott Walter, the Department of Natural Resources upland wildlife ecologist. "These funds have been instrumental in providing critical habitat and species management across the state."
Currently, 60 percent of pheasant stamp funds are directed to the State Game Farm, which annually produces pheasants for release on public hunting grounds. The program provides additional pheasant hunting opportunities for bird hunting enthusiasts. One-third of waterfowl stamp funds is directed to Canada in a cooperative species management effort that preserves waterfowl habitat and benefits Wisconsin hunters.
"All Wisconsin residents have benefitted from the waterfowl habitat work that has been funded by the sale of Wisconsin waterfowl stamps," said Ricky Lien, DNR's wetland habitat specialist. "Wetland habitat work accomplished through the money raised by waterfowl stamps not only benefits hunters but also provides waterfowl watching opportunities for non-hunters, provides clean water, and helps to control flooding by slowing the release of floodwaters."
A stamp is required to hunt wild turkeys, pheasants, and waterfowl in the state of Wisconsin. Many stamp collectors also purchase the stamps, and stamp design contests are held each August to determine the design of the upcoming license year's stamps. On average, the wildlife stamps receive annual revenues exceeding $300,000 for pheasant, $750,000 for wild turkey, and $550,000 for waterfowl.
To learn more about how to apply for funds from Wisconsin's wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamps to benefit wildlife and wildlife habitat in Wisconsin, visit Wisconsin Wildlife Stamp or contact Krista McGinley, assistant upland wildlife ecologist, at (608) 264-8963 or Krista.McGinley@Wisconsin.gov.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Krista McGinley, (608) 264-8963