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               Mikel Donahue of Broken Arrow
                 Oklahoma artists made a strong showing in this year’s state   The program generates funding for waterfowl conservation
               waterfowl stamp art art competition.              projects through the sale of waterfowl licenses, required of most
                 Broken Arrow artist Mikel Donahue was selected the winner.  waterfowl hunters, and the sale of stamps, many of which are
               Donahue’s artwork depicting a male bufflehead will be featured  purchased by collectors. The state duck stamp formerly served as
               on Oklahoma’s waterfowl stamp for the 2022-23 hunting seasons.  Oklahoma’s waterfowl hunting license.
                 Donahue’s artwork was among 17 entries submitted this year by   The program has helped the Department acquire more than
               hopeful artists from across the nation.           12,000 wetland acres and to enhance, create, restore and main-
                 Artists who received honorable mention are London Peterson  tain critical waterfowl habitat. Wetland development units such
               of Eufaula; Shea Meyer of Stratford; and Gregory D. Fritz of  as Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in southwestern
               Davenport, Iowa.                                  Oklahoma and the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area in
                 The Wildlife Department has held the Oklahoma waterfowl  McCurtain County have benefited from state duck stamp funding.
               stamp art contest annually for 41 years. The program was designed   Next year’s art contest will feature the green-winged teal.
               to fund activities to ensure quality habitat for the hundreds of  Entries will be due Aug. 1, 2022. For complete rules, go to
               thousands of ducks and geese that migrate through the state
               each year. Oklahoma’s art contest features portraits of the state’s   To support waterfowl habitat conservation in Oklahoma,
               diverse waterfowl species by some of the best wildlife artists  buy an Oklahoma duck stamp in the online Outdoor Store at
               throughout the nation.                  

               Gregory D. Fritz of Davenport, Iowa  London Peterson of Eufaula    Shea Meyer of Stratford

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