New Federal Duck Stamp Designed By Nebraskan
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The federal duck stamp for the 1994-95 hunting season will sport a red- breasted, red-eyed waterfowl drawn by a Nebraska artist, the Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday.
Sportsmen who hunt ducks and geese must purchase a duck stamp permit each year for $15. The design is selected in a government contest, and the stamps are collector’s items. Revenue from sales helps support national wildlife refuges.
This year’s winner was Neal Anderson of Lincoln, Neb., who also won the contest in 1988. His design this year was a red-breasted merganser, sometimes called a shelduck or sawbill. It has red eyes, feet and legs and a slender serrated bill. It breeds in the Arctic.
″It’s the best compliment that a wildlife artist can receive,″ said Anderson, whose design was selected from 433 entries.
The winner receives no contest award, but stands to profit from sale of limited edition prints of his artwork as well as sale of items such as T- shirts, mugs and caps with the duck stamp design.
Ninety-eight cents of each $1 from sale of the stamps goes to a fund used to buy federal waterfowl habitat.
Since 1934, the program has raised $450 million to purchase more than 4 million acres of wetlands.