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                 After two  days  of competition,                                     fund, made up partly of duck stamp
               James Hautman of Chaska, Minn.,                                        dollars, to support the acquisition
               was named the winner of the 2021                                       of lands from willing sellers for
               Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest                                         the refuge system. The new areas
               with his painting of a pair of redheads                                provide additional access to the
               floating in the water. The announce-                                   public to some of the most spectac-
               ment was made via live stream at the                                   ular places available for hunting,
               U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Head-                                   fishing, birdwatching, hiking, and
               quarters in Falls Church, Va.                                          other outdoor activities.
                 Hautman’s acrylic painting will                                        Since it was first established in
               be made into the 2022-2023 Federal                                     1934, sales of the duck stamp have
               Migratory Bird Hunting and Con-                                        raised more than $1.1 billion to con-
               servation Stamp, or “duck stamp”,                                      serve over 6 million acres of habitat
               which will go on sale in late June 2022. The Service produces  for birds and other wildlife and provide countless opportunities for
               the Federal Duck Stamp, which sells for $25 and raises about  hunting and other wildlife-oriented recreation on our public lands.
               $40 million in sales each year. These funds support critical   Waterfowl hunters 16 and older are required to purchase and
               conservation to protect wetland habitats in the National  carry the current federal duck stamp. Many non-hunters, includ-
               Wildlife Refuge System for the benefit of wildlife and the  ing birdwatchers, conservationists, stamp collectors, and others
               enjoyment of people.                              also purchase the stamp in support of habitat conservation. Addi-
                 This year, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission  tionally, a current federal duck stamp can be used for free admis-
               approved the allocation of more than $111 million from the  sion to any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee.

                                                                                                    Ronald Jones of
                                                                                                    Tucumcari, N.M.,
                                                                                                    submitted this
                                                                                                    winning photo
                                                                                                    taken near Kenton,
                                                                                                    Okla., in the 2019
                                                                                                    Readers’ Photo
                                                                                                    Showcase contest.


                 Imagine the pride you will feel when you open the July/August  Oklahoma in recent years.
               issue of Outdoor Oklahoma to show your friends the remarkable   April 15 is the deadline for entries, so there’s still plenty of time
               photograph that you took! If you would like the chance for your  to get those images in Outdoor Oklahoma.
               work to be published in a high-quality magazine, we invite you   The Readers’ Photo Showcase issue is always the most popular
               to enter the annual Readers’ Photography Showcase competition!  Outdoor Oklahoma magazine of the whole year! And you can be
                 Entries will be accepted online starting Jan. 1, and every  a part of it just by going online, uploading your digital photos,
               entry is included in the judging. We ask you to share up to  and hitting the “submit” button. It’s easy!
               four of your best original photos, preferably all taken in   Go to the entry page online at

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