Contact(s): Krista Pham, DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist and wildlife stamp coordinator, 608-261-8458
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin artists will have until July 22 to submit artwork for the 2017 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp Design Contests. Funds derived from stamp sales contribute to the restoration and management of thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat.
2016 Wild Turkey Stamp by Robert Andrea of Spooner
2016 Pheasant Stamp by Terry Doughty of Colgate
2016 Waterfowl Stamp by Terry Doughty of Colgate
The top three entries for each stamp will be displayed at the Wisconsin State Fair. With contest finalists on display, thousands of visitors will help increase visibility for both the artists and the stamp programs' positive impacts on Wisconsin's wildlife. Visitation during the 11-day State Fair is close to one million people, with around 120,000 visitors to the DNR Park annually.
Stamp design entries must be received or postmarked by July 22, 2016 in order to be eligible. Judging will take place in a closed session on July 28. Following judging, the top three entries for each stamp will be displayed in the Natural Resources Park at the Wisconsin State Fair and available for public viewing from Aug. 4-14. For rules, entry information, and Reproduction Rights Agreements, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "Wildlife Stamps."
Those who visit DNR Park will be the first to get a "sneak peek" at design winners for the 2017 Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamps. Department staff will be on hand to discuss the history and accomplishments of each program, as well as the central role that wildlife art has played in Wisconsin's habitat conservation efforts.
All stamp contest applicants should review contest rules carefully to ensure the eligibility of their entries. Artwork must meet technical requirements in order to be properly processed and prepared for judging and possible display at the Wisconsin State Fair.
To receive contest entry deadlines, detailed event information, and the announcement for the winning artwork for 2017, visit dnr.wi.gov and select the email icon near the bottom of the page titled "subscribe for updates for DNR topics." Follow the prompts and enroll in the "Waterfowl, Wild Turkey, and Pheasant Stamp Design Contests" list.
2016 Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial
One hundred years ago in 1916, the United States and Canada signed the Migratory Bird Treaty to protect and manage migratory birds across international borders. The state and federal duck stamp contests build upon the Migratory Bird Treaty's foundation through funds raised for waterfowl and habitat conservation. Those who purchase a duck stamp or contribute artwork help support waterfowl and the many other bird species that benefit from duck stamp funded habitat conservation.
For more information regarding the Wisconsin State Fair, visit www.wistatefair.com/wp/ (exit DNR).