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.

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