Wisconsin names Wildlife Stamp Art Contest winners
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin DNR recently announced the winners of the 2019 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests.
Eighteen wildlife artists submitted a total of 24 pieces of artwork for the 2019 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp design contest. Judging was held on July 20 at the Natural Resources Building in Madison. The judges for the 2019 Wisconsin Wildlife Stamp Art Contest were John Motoviloff from National Wild Turkey Federation, Burt Bushke from Wings Over Wisconsin, Bruce Urben from Wisconsin Waterfowl Association and Alex Weber from Pheasants Forever.
Wild turkey stamp
All turkey hunters are required to purchase the $5.25 Wild Turkey Stamp to legally hunt turkeys in Wisconsin. Proceeds from stamp sales provide vital support for turkey management and hunting in Wisconsin, and bring in over $775,000 annually for habitat management and restoration projects, education, research, equipment purchases and management of the wild turkey program.
Todd Haefner from Janesville, was awarded first place for his painting of a hen and rooster pheasant overlooking an old farmstead. Second place was awarded to Brian Kuether of Greenfield for his painting of a hen and rooster pheasant in a grassy filed and third place was given to Robert Andrea of Spooner for his painting of rooster pheasants on a winter landscape.
A $10 Pheasant Stamp is required to hunt pheasants in the state of Wisconsin. Proceeds bring in approximately $500,000 annually for the development, management, conservation and maintenance of wild pheasants and their habitat in Wisconsin and also supports the state game farm that raises pheasants for stocking efforts on Wisconsin’s public hunting grounds.
Jon Rickaby of Green Bay won first place for his painting of a pair of redhead ducks. Second place was awarded to Keith Raddatz of Watertown for his painting of a gadwall. Third place went to Brian Kuether of Greenfield for his painting of a common goldeneye.
Duck and goose hunters are required to purchase the $7 Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp in order to hunt waterfowl in the state. Revenue from these sales generates an estimated $350,000 for managing, restoring, and protecting habitat in Wisconsin and Canada for waterfowl and other wetland-associated species.
An electronic “stamp approval” is printed on the licenses of wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl hunters at the time of purchase. Hunters will not receive an actual stamp unless they request it. To obtain a physical copy of a stamp, visit the Wildlife and Fish Collector Stamp webpage, or go to any DNR Service Center.
For more information regarding Wisconsin’s wildlife stamps, click here.