DFG to Accept Upland Game Bird Stamp Artwork Contest Entries Until Feb. 29

Media Contacts:
Kirsten Macintyre, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8988
Karen Fothergill, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 716-1461
  
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has extended the deadline to submit entries for the state’s 2012 upland game bird stamp contest. Artists can submit their contest entries up until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
 
The contest is open to all U.S. residents who are age 18 or older. The species selected to appear on the 2012 upland game bird stamp is the Band-tailed Pigeon (Columba fasciata). The design must include at least one adult Band-tailed Pigeon. Designs will be judged on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and print.
 
This is the fourth design that will be featured in the “Encore Edition” since returning to the use of original artwork for the stamp’s image in 2009.
 
An upland game bird stamp validation is required for hunting migratory and resident upland game birds in California. The money generated from stamp sales is used to fund upland game bird related conservation projects, education, public hunting opportunities and outreach. Hunters are no longer required to physically attach the stamp to their license, but the stamps are still produced and mailed to purchasers upon request.
 
DFG sells almost 200,000 upland game bird stamps annually, which includes sales to collectors who value them for their artist depiction of upland game birds.
 
The upland game bird stamp contest will be judged by a panel of experts in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing. The winning artist will be selected during a public judging event to be held in the spring of 2012. A date has not yet been set for the judging.
 
For contest information and entry forms, please visit the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/upstamp.

Special Pheasant Hunting Opportunities Offered In Central Region

Media contacts:
Ben Lewis, DFG Upland Game Bird Stamp Program, (559) 243-4005, ext. 165
Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958

Pheasant standing in dry grass

Pheasant

People seeking hunting opportunities during the upcoming pheasant season can visit the Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Upland Game Bird Stamp Program’s webpage to apply online. It lists numerous hunts statewide, including opportunities in DFG’s Central Region, which includes Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties.

DFG’s Central Region will offer 20 apprentice junior pheasant hunts, 18 apprentice family pheasant hunts, three apprentice women pheasant hunts and one special mobility-impaired pheasant hunt. Applications and information are available online at www.nrm.dfg.ca.gov/GameBirdHeritageHunts.

Hunters must create an account using a valid e-mail address and submit an application with their choice of hunts listed in order of preference. Hunters may apply only once for each hunt, either as an applicant or as a guest. Submitting multiple applications will result in disqualification.

To apply online you will need: a valid e-mail address, hunter’s name, address and phone number, 2011-2012 hunting license GO ID, and, if applicable, information about mobility impairment and special accommodations needed.

Adult pheasant flying against azure sky

Pheasant in flight

Hunters will be selected by a computerized drawing for one hunt only, and only successful applicants will be notified.

Special hunts are provided in cooperation with many volunteer organizations. The purchase of an Upland Game Bird Stamp supports these special hunts and other programs that provide additional Upland Game Bird hunting opportunities. All upland game bird hunters, except those with Junior hunting licenses, must purchase an Upland Game Bird Stamp.

Oregon Wildlife Artist Wins 2011 California Duck Stamp Contest

Media Contacts:
Shannon Roberts, DFG Communications, (916) 323-1478
Kirsten Macintyre, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8988

A painting of a male and female Barrow’s Goldeneye in a marine setting has been chosen by a panel of judges as the winning entry in the 2011 California Duck Stamp Contest. The painting by Shari Erickson of Beaver Creek, Ore., beat out 15 other entries to become the official design for the 2011-2012 stamp.

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“I absolutely love Barrow’s Goldeneye. They’re my favorite bird to paint, which is really what provoked me to enter this duck stamp contest,” Erickson said. A nature and wildlife artist since 1985, Erickson has been entering duck stamp contests since 2009. This is her first win.

Artists from around the country submitted entries for this year’s contest, sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Game. Robert Steiner of San Francisco took second place and Douglas Snyder of Chicago, Ill., took third. Honorable mentions were given to Tom Crain of Branson, Mo., and Clark Sullivan of Swartz Creek, Mich.

The judges noted that while all of the top entries were of extraordinary quality, the detailed and accurate marine habitat depicted in Erickson’s painting definitely gave it an “edge” over the competition.

All five paintings will be displayed at this year’s Pacific Flyway Decoy Association show in Sacramento, July 15-17.

Until implementation of the automated licensing system this year, waterfowl hunters were required to affix the annual state duck stamp to their licenses. The stamps will now be mailed, upon request, to license-holders at the end of the hunting season.

All proceeds generated by stamp sales are earmarked for waterfowl habitat conservation projects.

Duck Stamp Art Contest Location Change

Media Contact:
Shannon Roberts (916) 799-8417

The location of the 2011 Duck Stamp Art Contest has been changed to the South Steps of the California State Capitol. (It was previously scheduled to be held on the West Steps). The judging will still take place on Thursday, May 19, 2011, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Since 1971 the California Duck Stamp Program’s yearly contest has attracted top wildlife artists from around the country. All proceeds generated from stamp sales go directly to waterfowl conservation projects throughout California. In past years, hunters were required to purchase and affix the stamp to their hunting license prior to hunting for waterfowl. This year, California has moved to an automated licensing system, and hunters are no longer required to carry the physical stamps in the field as proof of purchase prints directly onto the license.

However, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG)  will still produce the stamps, which will be mailed to hunters upon request at the end of the season.

Sixteen talented artists from around the country submitted their original art for consideration for the 2011 stamp. The contest, sponsored by DFG was open to all artists. Entrants were required to paint, draw or sketch the duck species chosen by the California Fish and Game Commission, which this year, was the Barrow’s Goldeneye.

2011 Duck Stamp to be Chosen in Public Judging Event at State Capitol

Media Contact: Shannon Roberts, DFG Communications, (916) 323-1478

The winning design for California’s 2011 Duck Stamp will be selected at a judging event on May 19 on the West Steps of the Capitol. Sixteen talented artists from around the country submitted their original art for consideration for the stamp. In past years, California waterfowl hunters were required to purchase the stamp and affix it to their licenses. This year, the implementation of a new licensing system means that hunters no longer need to carry a physical state duck stamp in the field, but the stamps will still be produced and will be sent to licensed duck hunters, upon request, after July 1.

The contest, sponsored by the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) was open to all artists. Entrants were required to paint, draw or sketch the duck species chosen by the California Fish and Game Commission, which, this year, was the Barrow’s Goldeneye.

This year’s contest rules did not require submissions to feature both a male and female Goldeneye within the painting, but allowed entries to feature the species in an array of groupings at the artist’s discretion.

The contest entries will be on display under tents in front of the State Capitol, beginning at 11 a.m. The judging will run from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The judges’ panel, which will consist of experts in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing, will choose first-, second- and third-place winners, along with an honorable mention. All winners will be on display at the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association’s annual show in Sacramento at the Double Tree Hotel in July.

All proceeds generated from stamp sales go directly to waterfowl conservation projects throughout California.

For more information about the California Duck Stamp program, please visit the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/about/duckstamp.

Artists Sought to Enter 2011 California State Duck Stamp Contest

Contact: Shannon Roberts, DFG Communications, (916) 799-8417

Artists from around the country are invited to submit their original work to the 2011 California Duck Stamp contest. The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will be accepting submissions from March 1 through April 30 at 4 p.m. The winning artwork will be reproduced on the 2011 California Duck Stamp, which all waterfowl hunters much purchase, and will be available as collectible limited edition prints. The top contest submissions will also be showcased at the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association’s art show in July.

The contest is open to any artist who is 18 years of age or older as of March 1, 2011. The picture must depict the species selected by the California Fish and Game Commission, which this year is the Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica).

Entries need to be original, “hand drawn” and in the medium (or combination) of the artist’s choosing, except that no photographic process, digital art, metallic paints or fluorescent paints may be used in the finished design. Photographs, computer-generated art, art produced from a computer printer or other computer/mechanical output device (air brush method excepted) are not eligible to be entered into the contest and will be disqualified. All entries must be accompanied by a completed participation agreement, entry form and a non-refundable $50 entry fee. These forms and the official rules are available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/duckstamp.

Entries will be judged at a public event to be held in Sacramento in May. The judges’ panel, which will consist of experts in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing, will choose first-, second- and third-place winners, along with an honorable mention.

Since 1971 the California Duck Stamp Program’s yearly contest has attracted top wildlife artists from around the country. All proceeds generated from stamp sales go directly to waterfowl conservation projects throughout California. In past years, hunters were required to purchase and affix the stamp to their hunting license prior to hunting for waterfowl. This year, California has moved to an automated licensing system, and the hunters are no longer required to carry the physical stamps in the field (proof of purchase prints directly onto the license). However, DFG will still produce the stamps, which will be mailed to hunters at the end of the season.

Winning Artist Chosen at 2011-12 Upland Game Bird Stamp Judging Event

Media Contacts:
Karen Fothergill, Game Bird Heritage Program, (916) 716-1461
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420

Jeffrey Kleinefelter of Etna Green, Indiana has won California’s 2011-12 California Upland Game Bird Stamp art competition. His rendition of a wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo, Rio Grande sub-species in gouache will be reproduced on the 2011-12 California Upland Game Bird Stamp and will be available as collectible limited edition prints.

Fourteen artists from 10 states entered the competition sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG). The setting and details of the original depictions were up to the individual artists, but entries had to depict a pair (male and female). If background detail was included in the design, it had to be accurate and representative of a natural habitat in California.

Designs were judged on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and print. The judges are citizens selected for their expertise in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing. The winning art may be seen online at www.dfg.ca.gov/upstamp.

Each year, the species depicted on the stamp is chosen by the Fish and Game Commission. The upland game bird stamp is required for hunting migratory and resident upland game birds in California. The money generated from stamp sales can only be spent on upland game bird-related conservation projects, the creation of hunting opportunities, and outreach and education.

DFG sells about 200,000 upland game bird stamps annually, including sales to art collectors. In addition to the stamps, DFG typically issues signed, limited edition prints that are valued by art collectors.

For more information about the California Upland Game Bird Stamp program, please visit the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/upstamp.

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