July 14, 2015
MADISON - Artists interested in having their work featured on the 2016 Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant, or Waterfowl Stamp need to submit their entry before July 24. Collectively, these stamps raise about $1.5 million each year for habitat conservation in Wisconsin.
Judging will take place July 31, and the top three pieces of artwork for each stamp will be displayed in the Natural Resources Park, located in the southwest corner of the grounds, as part of the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair from Aug. 6-16. Visitors are encouraged to check out a number of interactive exhibits offered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Close to 40 pieces of artwork were submitted for last year's contest. Robin Raab of Delavan took first place in the 2015 Wild Turkey and Pheasant Stamp contests, and James Pieper of Iron Ridge won the 2015 Waterfowl Stamp contest.
A Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamp is required for hunters pursuing these species, but anyone who appreciates wildlife and wildlife art and would like to contribute to habitat conservation can purchase the electronic stamp privilege at any license vendor. Those who would like a physical copy of the stamp should ask for Form 9400-567 if they are collectors, or Form 9400-599 if they are hunters who have already purchased the stamp privilege.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Krista McGinley, DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist, 608-261-8458