MADISON, Wis. — A Greenfield, Wis., artist took first place in the 2020 wild turkey and pheasant stamp contests, and an Arbor Vitae, Wis., artist took first place in the 2020 waterfowl stamp contest.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources received 28 submissions from 16 wildlife artists for the 2020 stamp design contests. Judging took place July 24 at the Natural Resources Building in Madison.
Wild turkey stamp
Brian Kuether won the 2020 Wisconsin wild turkey stamp contest with a painting of a gobbler and hen in a field. He began painting in the fourth grade, and has been painting professionally throughout his career.
Kuether said it takes him up to 200 hours to complete one of his wildlife paintings. Researching and observing animals and laying out the basic design are most time consuming part of the process. Painting requires the least amount of time.
All hunters are required to purchase the $5.25 Wild Turkey Stamp to hunt turkeys in Wisconsin. Proceeds from stamp sales provide vital support for turkey management and hunting in and bring in over $775,000 annually.
Kuether also won the 2020 pheasant stamp design with a painting of a hen and rooster pheasant hiding in grass.
A $10 Pheasant Stamp is required to hunt pheasants in Wisconsin. Proceeds bring in approximately $500,000 annually for the development, management, conservation and maintenance of wild pheasants and their habitat in the state.
Stamp dollars also support the state game farm that raises pheasants to stock on Wisconsin public hunting land.
Robert Metropulos of Arbor Vitae won the 2020 Wisconsin waterfowl stamp contest. He has been painting since high school and has owned an art gallery in northern Wisconsin for over 39 years.
Duck and goose hunters are required to purchase the $7 Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp in order to hunt waterfowl in the state. Revenue from these sales generates an estimated $350,000 for managing, restoring and protecting habitat in Wisconsin and Canada for waterfowl and other wetland species.
An electronic stamp approval is printed on the licenses of wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl hunters at the time of purchase. To obtain a physical copy of a stamp, visit the Wildlife and Fish Collector Stamp web page at https://dnr.wi.gov/permits/collectorstamp.html.