Mark Kanitz of Markesan took first place in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) pheasant stamp design contest.
According to a press release, he credited the many years of hunting and outdoor recreation as inspiration for his submission, which depicts a rooster and hen pheasant in front of a snowy farm scene.
The DNR announced the winners of the 2022 Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Waterfowl and Pheasant stamp design contest last week Thursday.
Local Wisconsin artists compete annually for the opportunity to have their artwork featured on the Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Waterfowl and Pheasant stamps available for purchase through Go Wild and license agents.
Sales of wild turkey, waterfowl and pheasant stamps enable hunters, conservationists and stamp collectors to support wildlife and habitat management, restoration and conservation around the state.
Hunters are required to purchase stamps to harvest these game birds.
This year a total of 34 pieces were submitted for judging on Aug. 28 at the Wisconsin Waterfowl Expo in Oshkosh.
An electronic “stamp approval” is printed on the licenses of wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl hunters at the time of purchase.
Customers will not receive an actual stamp except upon request.
To obtain a physical copy of a stamp, visit the DNR’s wildlife and fish collector stamps webpage or go to any open DNR Service Center.
For more information about Wisconsin wildlife stamps, visit the DNR Wildlife Stamps webpage.