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. Aug. 29 to submit artwork for this prestigious contest that has been conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation since 1980.
The winning artwork will serve as the design for the 2015-16 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp, which is purchased by waterfowl hunters in the state and collectors nationwide. The winning artist will receive a $1,200 purchase award courtesy of Nature Works, a Tulsa-based conservation organization.
"This is really much more than an art contest," said Micah Holmes, information supervisor for the Wildlife Department.
"When waterfowl hunters purchase that stamp, they are doing their part in conserving wildlife and preserving the sport of hunting. Stamp collectors can support the cause as well, since the stamps always feature stunning and unique artwork that's worth adding to a collection."
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 purchased and many thousands of acres of additional habitat have been enhanced, restored and maintained for the benefit of waterfowl.