The pintail duck has been selected as the subject for this year’s Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp design competition. Artists have until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 to submit artwork for the contest that has been conducted since 1980 by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
The winning artwork will serve as the design for the 2015-16 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp. Waterfowl stamps are bought by waterfowl hunters in the state and collectors nationwide.
The winning artist will receive a $1,200 purchase award courtesy of NatureWorks, a Tulsa-based conservation organization.
The 2014-15 Oklahoma Waterfowl License is now on sale at the Department’s website, wildlifedepartment.com.
This year’s state waterfowl stamp features a canvasback drake, created by Shea Meyer of Stratford. Those who wish to buy a physical stamp may do so by visiting Wildlife Department headquarters, 1801 N. Lincoln in Oklahoma City, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during weekdays. A few limited-edition prints from previous years are still available for sale.
Because the Wildlife Department receives no general state tax appropriations, revenue from the Oklahoma waterfowl stamp is an important source of funding for in-the-field habitat work that benefits waterfowl and other wetlands wildlife.
Since the waterfowl stamp program began, about 12,000 acres of habitat have been bought and many thousands of acres of additional habitat have been enhanced, restored and maintained for the benefit of waterfowl.
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