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June 5, 2012

MADISON - Wisconsin artists are encouraged to submit artwork for the 2013 wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp design contests.

After another successful event last year, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has decided to continue holding the judging for all three contests August 25 at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo. The Leopold Center and the surrounding 1,500-acre Leopold Memorial Reserve offer the perfect setting in which to explore and appreciate the earliest attempts at habitat restoration in Wisconsin and to celebrate the contribution of wildlife art to habitat conservation.

The DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management will be accepting stamp entries starting immediately; entries must be received or postmarked by August 15, 2012 in order to be eligible. All pieces of artwork will be on display starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, and the contest judging will take place at 1 p.m., followed by a small reception for the artists and public from 3-5 p.m.

"We are pleased to be able to offer our dedicated stamp artists the opportunity to have their artwork publicly displayed in this unique setting, and those attending the event will have the chance to view a fine selection of wildlife artwork from artists across the state," says Tom Hauge, director of DNR's Bureau of Wildlife Management.

In addition, those in attendance will be the first to get a "sneak peek" at the winning designs for the 2013 Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamps. Wildlife Management staff will be available to discuss the history and accomplishments of the three programs, as well as the central role that wildlife art has played in the state's habitat conservation efforts. Funds derived from the sale of these stamps have contributed to the restoration and management of thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat.

All stamp contest applicants should review the contest rules carefully to ensure the eligibility of their entries. Artwork must meet the technical requirements specified in these rules in order to be properly processed and prepared for display at the Leopold Center. For contest rules, entry forms, and Reproduction Rights Agreements for the 2013 wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp programs search for "Wildlife Stamps" on the DNR website.

A convenient way to stay informed is to sign up for email updates using the DNR's GovDelivery service - follow the prompts and enroll in the "waterfowl, wild turkey, and pheasant stamp design contests" distribution list. Members of the service receive occasional email reminders about contest entry deadlines, detailed event information, and the announcement of the winning artwork for 2013.

For more information about the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center and related events, please consult the Leopold Center's website at [] [exit DNR].

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Krista McGinley - 608-261-8458 or Bob Manwell, DNR Office of Communications - 608-264-9248

Last Revised: Tuesday, June 05, 2012

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