MNR Now Accepting Artwork Entries for the 2022 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp Design Contests | News

Winning illustration for the 2022 Pheasant Stamp Design Category by Mark Kanitz of Markesan.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting artwork submissions for the Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamp Design Contests. The winning designs will appear on the 2023 stamp collection.

Each year, local Wisconsin artists compete for the opportunity to have their works historically commemorated on the Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl stamps.

“This is the 26th edition of the Turkey Stamp Contest. It is an historic opportunity for artists to commemorate their talent and provide opportunities for wildlife and wildlife habitat management,” said Alaina Gerrits , MNR wildlife biologist “Artists are encouraged to use the contest to showcase their creative expression while capturing the charisma of Wisconsin’s native birds.”

Mark Kanitz stamp

Wisconsin artist Mark Kanitz of Markesan paints his entry for the 2022 Pheasant Stamp Design Competition.

Sales of these three stamps bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for statewide species management, including habitat management, restoration, education, and research projects. Hunters are required to purchase stamps to harvest these game birds.

The contest is open to anyone 18 years of age or older living in Wisconsin who is a US citizen or lawful permanent resident. Artwork must meet the technical requirements to be eligible, and entrants should carefully review the contest rules to ensure their entries are eligible.

The deadline for submitting stamp designs is July 15.

Judging will take place at the end of July or the beginning of August.

The 2022 contest winners are Robert Metropulos of Arbor Vitae for Wild Turkey; Mark Kanitz of Markesan for pheasant and Brian Kuether of Greenfield for waterfowl.

Rules, registration information and copyright agreements are available on the MNR website.

Stamp contest entrants should carefully review the contest rules to ensure the eligibility of their entries. Artwork must meet technical requirements to be properly processed and prepared for judging. The DNR may also display bids at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Subscribe to Wisconsin DNR Email Updates to receive text or email updates about the contest. Find the Wildlife Management topic and check the box next to the Waterfowl, Wild Turkey and Pheasant Stamp Design Contest topic.

Sharon P. Juarez