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Winners Chosen in Maryland’s Black Bear and Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contests

Larry Smail's Winning Black Bear Conservation Stamp

Moving Through by Larry Smail

A Pennsylvania man won the Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest and the top Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design went to a St. Mary’s County man, as chosen by a panel of judges last week at the annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival in Ocean City, Md.

Larry Smail from Kittanning, Pa. won the 20th annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest with his painting, Moving Through, of a black bear walking through woods and tall grasses.

“I’m excited to have won,” Smail said. “I came across the flyer and figured, I enjoy painting bears, and decided to take a shot at it.”

Smail is an avid outdoorsman and hunter, whose love of the outdoors began at a young age. His art has been featured in magazines and books, often depicting wildlife and outdoor scenes. To see more of his work, visit

Proceeds from the sale of Black Bear Conservation Stamps and other related items are used to compensate Maryland farmers experiencing agricultural damage caused by black bears. These proceeds are added to the Black Bear Compensation Fund established by the Maryland General Assembly. To purchase the stamp and other related items, visit

Painting of two duck in the water. Brothers by Richard Menard

Brothers by Richard Menard

Richard Menard from Hollywood, Md. won the 42nd annual Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest with his painting titled Brothers of two northern shovelers.

“This is the first time I’ve won and I’m very happy,” said Menard. “Anything I can do to help with conservation is a good thing.”

The Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest showcases the talents of our state’s gifted wildlife artists while raising funds for conservation. Migratory game bird hunters are required to purchase these stamps and the proceeds fund migratory game bird research and habitat enhancement on the state’s public lands. Since 1974, stamp sales have provided more than $7 million for migratory game projects.