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DNR Seeks Black Bear and Migratory Game Bird Stamp Designs

Last year’s winning entry, Morning Stroll by Steve Oliver

Wildlife and waterfowl artists are invited to submit their original artwork for the 18th annual Black Bear Conservation and the 40th annual Migratory Game Bird stamp design contests now through April 18. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will judge the entries on April 27, 2014 in conjunction with the 44th Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City.

The Black Bear Conservation Stamp contest is open to Maryland residents and non-residents. Each contestant may submit one entry for a non-refundable $10 entry fee. Proceeds from the sale of these stamps and other related products are used to compensate farmers in Maryland who experience agricultural damage caused by black bears.

Last year’s winning entry, Peaceful Swim by Paul Makuchal

The Migratory Game Bird Stamp contest is open to Maryland residents only. Each contestant may submit up to three entries ($15 for one entry; $20 for two entries; $30 for three). Proceeds from the sale of these stamps help fund waterfowl and migratory game bird projects and research.

To enter either contest, artists must mail their designs with required entry fee and forms to: Patricia Handy, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife & Heritage Service, 580 Taylor Ave., E-1, Annapolis, MD 21401. Submissions must be received by 4 p.m. Friday, April 18.

All entries must be the artist’s original work, neither copied nor duplicated from any previously published paintings, drawings, prints or photographs by the contestant, or any other artist. For complete contest rules and entry forms, participants should visit, or contact Patricia Handy at or 410-260-8537.