The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will host the judging of Delaware’s annual Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp contests at 9:30 a.m. April 12 at Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza.
After the competition, entries will be on display April 16-27 at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna.
The annual waterfowl stamp contest, sponsored by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, draws entries by artists from across the country. The winning artwork will be reproduced on a stamp which must be carried by most waterfowl hunters. Waterfowl stamps are also purchased by collectors and other conservation-minded citizens.
This year marks the 39th anniversary of the Delaware Waterfowl Stamp contest, which DNREC began in 1980 to raise funds for waterfowl conservation, including acquiring and improving wetland habitats vital to the survival of migratory waterfowl. To date, more than $2.8 million has been raised from the purchase of Delaware waterfowl stamps. The new stamp, which will go on sale for the 2019-20 hunting season, will feature artwork that must include a long-tailed duck (oldsquaw) and black labrador retriever.
For the 2019 trout stamp contest, artists from across the nation had the opportunity to submit paintings of rainbow, brown or brook trout to the Division of Fish & Wildlife for consideration. The winning artwork will be reproduced on a stamp that is required for most trout anglers.
Delaware’s 2019-20 stamp will be selected by a panel of five judges including a Ducks Unlimited designee and a member of the state’s Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish, with the remaining three judges randomly selected by the director of the Division of Fish & Wildlife from a judging pool that includes conservationists, biologists and artists.
The 2019 Delaware trout stamp also will be selected by five judges, including a member of the Delaware Trout Association and a member of the Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish, with the remaining three judges also randomly selected by the director of the Division of Fish & Wildlife from a pool including anglers, biologists and artists.
For more, call 739-9911 or visit de.gov/waterfowlstamp and de.gov/troutstamp.