Entries sought for 2014 ‘Duck Stamp’ contest

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is once again encouraging artists to enter their waterfowl artwork in the annual Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp Art Contest — commonly called the ‘Duck Stamp’ contest. The winning entry will be featured on the 2015 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp.

The inaugural contest in 2012 was won by wildlife artist Richard Clifton, whose depiction of three wood ducks now appears on the 2013 Connecticut Duck Stamp. The 2013 contest was won by John Brennan, whose depiction of hooded mergansers will grace the 2014 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp.

The Duck Stamp Program was initiated in the early 1990s when concerned sportsmen worked with the DEEP to develop legislation that would generate revenue for wetland conservation. Modeled after the federal Duck Stamp Program, the Connecticut program requires the purchase of a state Duck Stamp, along with a hunting license, to legally hunt waterfowl in the state.

Entries must be received in person or postmarked on or before March 15, 2014, to be eligible. Entries should be sent to: CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Attn: Migratory Game Bird Program, 391 Route 32, North Franklin, CT 06254.

Full contest rules, judging criteria, and an official entry certificate are available on the DEEP web site at ct.gov/deep/ctduckstamp or by calling the DEEP Wildlife Division’s Franklin office at 860-642-7239.