Contact(s): Krista Pham, assistant upland wildlife ecologist, 608-261-8458 or Krista.Pham@Wisconsin.gov
MADISON - The submission deadline for the 2017 Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamp design contests is drawing near. Artists have until July 22 to submit their artwork for judging, which will take place in a closed session on July 28. The top three pieces of artwork for each stamp will be displayed at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair from August 4-14.
Close to 30 pieces of artwork were submitted for last year's contest. Robert B. Andrea of Spooner took first place in the 2016 wild turkey stamp contest, and Terry Doughty of Colgate won the 2016 pheasant and waterfowl stamp contests.
The first, second, and third-place entries will be viewable in the Natural Resources Park in the southwest end of the state fairgrounds in West Allis. Visitors are encouraged to explore the many other exciting exhibits offered by the Wisconsin DNR.
The purchase of wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamps is required for hunters pursuing these species, but anyone who appreciates wildlife and wildlife art and wishes to contribute to habitat conservation can purchase the electronic stamp privilege at any license vendor. Those wishing to receive 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. Collectively, these stamps raise about $1.5 million each year for habitat conservation in Wisconsin.
The contest was first announced last May. For more information about Wisconsin's wildlife stamps, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "wildlife stamps." For more information about the Wisconsin State Fair, visit wistatefair.com.