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LDWF announces 2015 Duck Stamp Contest rules

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced the rules and timeframe for the 2015 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp, or Louisiana Duck Stamp competition.

Blue-winged teal will be the featured species in this year’s competition. Bluewings are the earliest migrants in the fall and some of the last migrants through Louisiana in the spring. 

Over the past five years, blue-winged teal have been the second most abundant species in the bags of Louisiana waterfowl hunters. Blue-winged teal also graced the first Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation stamp back in 1989.

During the past five years of open Duck Stamp contests, artists could submit paintings of a species of their choice, except for previous winners. This rule generated outstanding participation and high-quality entrants, and winners including Tony Bernard’s white-fronted geese on the 2014 stamp.

Artists are reminded of the requirement for associated habitat in each entry since the primary objective of this program is to provide revenue to create, enhance, and maintain habitat for waterfowl and associated wetland wildlife. The habitat component is one of the five judging criteria.

To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 entry fee.

Entries will be accepted from Monday, Oct. 13 through Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 with the contest to be held in the Louisiana Room at the LDWF Headquarters building at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.  The public is invited to attend.

Please visit this link to obtain the 2015 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition artist agreement and see the full list of rules at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/2015-louisiana-duck-stamp-contest.