The Canada goose is the subject for the current Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp design contest, which is accepting entries.
Artists have until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1 to submit artwork for this contest that has been conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation since 1980.
The winning artwork will grace the 2020-21 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp. The winning artist will receive a $1,200 purchase award.
Because the Wildlife Department receives no general state tax appropriations, revenue from the Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp and the Oklahoma Waterfowl License are important sources of funding for in-the-field habitat work that benefits waterfowl and other wetlands wildlife.
Since the program began, thousands of acres of habitat have been purchased and much has been enhanced, restored and maintained for the benefit of waterfowl.
Judges will consider each artwork in terms of anatomical accuracy, artistic composition and suitability for printing. Any background habitat depicted must be typical of an Oklahoma locale.
Entries are limited to one per artist, and a $20 nonrefundable entry fee and entry form are required.
Mailed entries should be sent to Duck Stamp Competition Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152.
For contest rules, go to www.wildlifedepartment.com/hunting/species/waterfowl/duck-stamp-program/rules. For more contest information, call 405-521-3855.