DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces 2019/20 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp and 2019 Trout Stamp winners

DOVER – The results are in, and two artists – including a renowned name on both the national level and here in Delaware – have won top honors in the state’s Waterfowl and Trout Stamp art contests. A painting of a long-tailed duck and a black Labrador retriever by Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware, a past Federal duck stamp competition winner, who also has captured best in show in numerous state duck stamp contests, will grace the 2019/20 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp. A painting of a brook trout by Broderick Crawford of Clayton, Georgia, will adorn the 2019 Delaware Trout Stamp.

Richard Clifton, Waterfowl Stamp Winner
Milford wildlife artist Richard Clifton with his best-of-show Waterfowl Stamp entry, which will be reproduced on the 2019/20 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp.

Clifton and Crawford were chosen by contest judges in the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife’s annual stamp art competition, with the judging April 12 at the Dover Public Library. The stamp contests drew 30 entries for the 2019/20 Waterfowl Stamp and 16 entries for the 2019 Trout Stamp. The 39th annual Waterfowl Stamp contest specified that submitted artwork must include a long-tailed duck and a black Labrador retriever. The trout stamp artwork can feature one or more species of brown, brook or rainbow trout in a setting or environment found in Delaware.

As the 2019/20 Waterfowl Stamp winner, Richard Clifton receives a $2,500 prize and 150 artist’s proofs of the limited edition print series of his first-place entry. Clifton, who resides on a historic family farm near Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, is an avid hunter and self-taught wildlife artist who works in acrylics with waterfowl as one of his favorite subjects. He has painted 51 winning duck stamps, including eight Delaware Waterfowl Stamps, the 1996 Australian Duck Stamp and the 2007-2008 Federal Duck Stamp, and is the current Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year.

As the 2019 Trout Stamp winner, Broderick Crawford receives $250 and retains the rights to reproduce and sell prints of the stamp. Broderick grew up in the southern Appalachians exploring streams and mountain sides all his life. He is an avid fly fisherman and supporter of Trout Unlimited. His favorite fish has always been the Brook Trout. A few years back he won the competition in Georgia with a Brook Trout for the Trout Unlimited vehicle tag in that state. Crawford is a wildlife and sporting art artist working in mostly acrylic paints who has entered and placed in Delaware’s stamp several times.

Other winners included:

2019/20 Waterfowl Stamp

  • Second place, Caleb Metrich, Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin
  • Third place, Dee Dee Murry, Centralia, Washington
  • Honorable mentions: George Bradford, Georgetown, Delaware; Paul R. Fenwick, Hillsborough, New Jersey; and Broderick Crawford, Clayton, Georgia

2019 Trout Stamp

  • Second place, George Bradford, Georgetown, Delaware, brown trout
  • Third place, Micah Hanson, St. Charles, Minnisota, brown trout
  • Honorable mentions: Ryan Peterson, Jackson, Wyoming, rainbow trout; Stephen Hamrick, Lakeville, Minnisota, rainbow trout; and Jeffrey Klinefelter, Etna Green, Indiana, rainbow trout.

The winning 2019/20 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp will be available July 1, 2019, and the winning 2019 Delaware Trout Stamp will be available Jan. 1, 2019.

Waterfowl and Trout Stamp entries are on display Monday, April 16 through Friday, April 27 at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, DE 19977. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, please call 302-653-9345.

The winning stamp art also can be viewed online. The winning waterfowl stamp entries and the winning trout stamp entries are posted on the DNREC web site.

The 2019/20 Waterfowl Stamp judges were: Pete MacGaffin, Delaware Ducks Unlimited representative; Lloyd Alexander, art collector; F. Thomas Unruh, member of the Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish; Anthony Gonzon, wildlife biologist; and Justyn Foth, wildlife biologist.

The 2019 Trout Stamp judges were: Desmond Kahn, White Clay Fly Fishers member; Cathy Martin, avid angler; Edna Stetzar, fisheries biologist; Scott Newlin, fisheries biologist; and F. Thomas Unruh member of the Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish.

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, started the Delaware Waterfowl Stamp (formerly known as the Delaware Duck Stamp) and print program in 1980 to raise funds for waterfowl conservation, including acquiring and improving wetland habitats vital to the survival of migratory waterfowl. To date, more than $2.8 million has been raised.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife began requiring trout stamps in the 1950s, and a trout stamp and a general fishing license are required to fish in designated trout waters during certain seasons. Trout stamp art was first used in 1977. The fees paid for Trout Stamps are used to purchase rainbow and brown trout from commercial hatcheries, with the purchased trout stocked in two downstate ponds and selected streams in northern New Castle County for Delaware’s trout seasons.

Delaware hunting and fishing licenses, as well as Waterfowl Stamps and Trout Stamps, are sold online, at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and by license agents statewide. For additional information on Delaware hunting and fishing licenses, call 302-739-9918.

For more information on Delaware’s waterfowl and trout stamp art competitions, please call DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife at 302-739-9911.


DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife sets Delaware Waterfowl, Trout Stamp contest judging for April 12

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife invites wildlife art enthusiasts, stamp and print collectors, waterfowl hunters, anglers, birdwatchers, wetland conservationists, and working retriever fans to gather at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12 for the judging of Delaware’s annual Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp contests, which will be held at the Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover, DE 19901. Following the competition, entries will be on display at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge April 16-27.

Sponsored by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, the annual waterfowl stamp contest draws entries by renowned and emerging artists from across the country. The winning artwork will be reproduced on a stamp which must be carried by most waterfowl hunters. Waterfowl stamps are also purchased by collectors and other conservation-minded citizens.

This year marks the 39th anniversary of the Delaware Waterfowl Stamp contest, which DNREC began in 1980 to raise funds for waterfowl conservation, including acquiring and improving wetland habitats vital to the survival of migratory waterfowl. To date, more than $2.8 million has been raised from the purchase of Delaware Waterfowl Stamps. The new Waterfowl Stamp, which will go on sale for the 2019/20 hunting season, will feature artwork that must include a long-tailed duck (oldsquaw) and black Labrador retriever.

For the 2019 Trout Stamp contest, artists from across the nation had the opportunity to submit paintings of rainbow, brown, or brook trout to the Division of Fish & Wildlife for consideration. The winning artwork will be reproduced on a stamp that is required for most trout anglers. Some 6,500 trout anglers and stamp collectors support this program annually, generating funds to purchase trout for stocking in six northern New Castle County streams, Tidbury Pond in Kent County and Newton Pond in Sussex County.

Delaware’s 2019/20 Waterfowl Stamp will be selected by a panel of five judges including a Ducks Unlimited designee and a member of the state’s Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish, with the remaining three judges randomly selected by the director of the Division of Fish & Wildlife from a judging pool that includes conservationists, biologists and artists.

The 2019 Delaware Trout Stamp also will be selected by five judges, including a member of the Delaware Trout Association and a member of the Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish, with the remaining three judges also randomly selected by the director of the Division of Fish & Wildlife from a pool including anglers, biologists and artists.

For more information on Delaware’s Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp programs, please contact the Division of Fish & Wildlife at 302-739-9911, or visit http://de.gov/waterfowlstamp or http://de.gov/troutstamp.

Media contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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2017/18 Delaware Waterfowl and 2017 Trout Stamp winners announced

2017/18 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp
2017/18 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp by Catherine Temple

DOVER – The results are in, and two artists have won top honors in the state’s sporting stamp art contests. A painting of canvasback ducks with a Chesapeake Bay retriever by Catherine Temple of Clarkston, Wash., will grace the 2017/18 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp, and a painting of a brown trout by Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Ind., will adorn the 2017 Delaware Trout Stamp.

The paintings won top honors in the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife’s annual stamp art competition, held April 14 at the Dover Public Library. This year’s competition drew 13 entries for the 2017/18 Waterfowl Stamp and 10 entries for the 2017 Trout Stamp. This year’s 37th anniversary Waterfowl Stamp contest specified that artwork chosen must include a canvasback duck and a Chesapeake Bay retriever.

As the 2017/18 Waterfowl Stamp winner, Catherine Temple receives a $2,500 prize and 150 artist’s proofs of the limited edition print series of her first place entry. Temple is an artist pursuing her passion for painting dogs and birds in the outdoors. As an avid outdoorswoman and self-taught artist, she uses her natural talents to create realistic portraits of hunting dogs and wild creatures in the mediums of acrylic, watercolor and gouache for clients and collectors across the country. The goal of her art is and has always been to tell a story, capture a memory or stir the heart and to bring to light that which is unseen in the world.

2017 Delaware Trout Stamp
2017 Delaware Trout Stamp by Jeffrey Klinefelter

As the 2017 Trout Stamp winner, Jeffrey Klinefelter receives $250 and retains the rights to reproduce and sell prints of the stamp. After developing an interest in drawing and painting at a young age, Klinefelter graduated from Indiana University’s Herron School of Art. His interest in wildlife art came a few years later when he entered the federal duck stamp and Indiana stamp contests. Since then, he has won numerous stamp contests, including three Delaware Duck Stamp contests and five Delaware Trout Stamp contests. His most recent awards include winning the 2016/17 Ohio Wetland Habitat Stamp Competition and the 2015 Connecticut Duck Stamp contest.

Other winners included:

  • 2017/18 Waterfowl Stamp: Second place – Robin Myers of Bloomfield, Ind.; Third place – Paul Makuchal of Pocomoke, Md.; Honorable mentions – George Bradford of Georgetown, Del.; Daniel Allard of Marengo, Ohio; and Mark Thone of Shakopee, Minn.
  • 2017 Trout Stamp: Second place – Matt Patterson of New Ipswich, N.H., brown trout; Third place – George Bradford of Georgetown, Del., brown trout; Honorable mentions – Charles Rondeau of Port Angeles, Wash., rainbow trout; Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Ind., rainbow trout; and Paul Fenwick of Hillsborough, N.J., rainbow trout.
    The winning 2017/18 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp will be available July 1, 2017, and the winning 2017 Delaware Trout Stamp will be available Jan. 1, 2017.

Waterfowl and Trout Stamp entries are on display through Friday, April 29 at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, DE 19977. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, please call 302-653-9345.

The 2017/18 Waterfowl Stamp judges were: Lou Caputo, Delaware Ducks Unlimited representative; Lloyd Alexander, art collector and retired wildlife professional; Paul Shertz, artist; Anthony Gonzon, wildlife biologist; and David Saveikis, Director, Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The 2017 Trout Stamp judges were: Noel Kuhrt, Delaware Trout Association; Leon Spence, artist; Cathy Martin, fisheries biologist; Charlie Miller, fisheries biologist; and Craig Karsnitz, member, Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish.

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, started the Delaware Waterfowl Stamp (formerly known as the Delaware Duck Stamp) and print program in 1980 to raise funds for waterfowl conservation, including acquiring and improving wetland habitats vital to the survival of migratory waterfowl. To date, more than $2.6 million has been raised. Waterfowl Stamps go on sale July 1 of each year. Residents age 16 and older are required to purchase a Delaware Waterfowl Stamp, which costs $9, for hunting migratory waterfowl in Delaware. Delaware resident hunters age 65 and older are not required to purchase a Delaware waterfowl stamp.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife began requiring trout stamps in the 1950s, and a trout stamp and a general fishing license are required to fish in designated trout waters during certain seasons. Trout stamp art was first used in 1977. The fees paid for Trout Stamps are used to purchase rainbow and brown trout from commercial hatcheries, with the purchased trout stocked in two downstate ponds and selected streams in northern New Castle County for Delaware’s trout seasons. Trout stamps go on sale January 1 of each year. Residents 16 through 64 years of age are required to have a Delaware Trout Stamp, which costs $4.20. Residents ages 12 through 15 years old are required to have a Young Angler Trout Stamp, which costs $2.10. Non-residents 12 years of age and older are required to have a Non-Resident Trout Stamp, which costs $6.20.

Delaware hunting and fishing licenses, as well as Waterfowl Stamps and Trout Stamps, are sold online, at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent, or to purchase licenses or stamps online, visit Delaware Licenses. For additional information on Delaware hunting and fishing licenses, call 302-739-9918.

For more information on Delaware’s sporting stamp art competitions, please call DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife at 302-739-9912.

Media Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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2016/17 Delaware Waterfowl, 2016 Trout Stamp art contest winners are announced

2016-17 Duck Stamp Winner
The 2016/17 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp by Deanne “DeeDee” Murry.

DOVER – The results are in, and two artists have won top honors in the state’s sporting stamp art contests. A painting of green-winged teal with a yellow Labrador retriever by Deanne “Dee Dee” Murry of Centralia, Wash., will grace the 2016/17 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp, and a painting of a brown trout by Nicholas Markell of Hugo, Minn., will become the face of the 2016 Delaware Trout Stamp.

The paintings won top honors in the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife’s annual stamp art competition, held April 23 at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover. This year’s competition drew 23 entries for the 2016/17 Waterfowl Stamp and 11 entries for the 2016 Trout Stamp. This year’s 36th anniversary Waterfowl Stamp contest specified that artwork chosen must include green-winged teal and a yellow Labrador retriever.

2016 Trout Stamp Winner
The 2016 Trout Stamp, by Nicholas Markell.

As the 2016/17 Waterfowl Stamp winner, DeeDee Murry receives a $2,500 prize and 150 artist’s proofs of the limited edition print series of her first place entry. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Murry favors horses, dogs and wildlife as the subjects of her art, and prefers to work in acrylic and graphite. A self-taught artist, she has achieved many regional and national awards, including the Washington State Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year, Best of Show at the Puyallup Art Show, winner of the Artist’s Magazine national competition wildlife division and placements in the top 20 at the Federal Duck Stamp competition. Her love for animals shows in her art, in which she strives to capture the personality and essence of the individual animal, as well as close attention to accurate anatomy and detail.

The 2016 Delaware Trout Stamp by artist Nicholas Markell of Hugo, Minn., depicting brown troutAs the 2016 Trout Stamp winner, Nicholas Markell receives $250 and retains the rights to reproduce and sell prints of the stamp (depicted adjacent). Markell holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree from Minnesota’s University of Saint Thomas and enjoys wildlife art because it challenges him to pay attention to the details of the natural world. His work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions, and he won the 2012 Minnesota Trout & Salmon Stamp, the 2013 Minnesota Walleye Stamp and the 2016 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp competitions.

Other winners included:

  • 2016/17 Waterfowl Stamp: Second place – Paul Makuchal of Pocomoke, Md.; Third place – Daniel Allard of Marengo, Ohio; Honorable mentions – Stephen Hamrick of Lakeville, Minn.; Frank Dolphens of Omaha, Neb.; and James Miller of Spring, Tex.
  • 2016 Trout Stamp: Second place and third place – Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Ind., for separate paintings of rainbow trout and brown trout; Honorable mentions – Broderick Crawford of Clayton, Ga., rainbow trout; Don Meinders, Otto, N.C., brook trout; and George Bradford of Georgetown, Del., brown trout.

The winning 2016/17 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp will be available July 1, 2016, and the winning 2016 Delaware Trout Stamp will be available Jan. 1, 2016.

Waterfowl and Trout Stamp entries are on display through Friday, May 8 at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, 866 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, just south of Delaware State University. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the museum, please call 302-734-1618.

The 2016/17 Waterfowl Stamp judges were: Jay Reynolds, Delaware Ducks Unlimited representative; Lloyd Alexander, art collector and retired wildlife professional; Paul Shertz, artist; Matt Dibona, wildlife biologist; and Joe Johnson, member, Delaware Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish.

The 2016 Trout Stamp judges were: Noel Kuhrt, Delaware Trout Association; artist Leon Spence; Fisheries biologists Mike Stangl and Des Kahn; and Steven Kendus, member, Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish.

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, started the Delaware Waterfowl Stamp (formerly known as the Delaware Duck Stamp) and print program in 1980 to raise funds for waterfowl conservation, including acquiring and improving wetland habitats vital to the survival of migratory waterfowl. To date, more than $2.5 million has been raised. Waterfowl Stamps go on sale July 1 of each year for $9 and are required, in addition to a general hunting license, when hunting migratory waterfowl in Delaware.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife began requiring trout stamps in the 1950s, and a trout stamp and a general fishing license are required to fish in designated trout waters during certain seasons. Trout stamp art was first used in 1977. The fees paid for Trout Stamps are used to purchase rainbow and brown trout from commercial hatcheries, with the purchased trout stocked in two downstate ponds and selected streams in northern New Castle County for Delaware’s trout seasons. Trout stamps go on sale Jan. 1 of each year. Residents 16 through 64 years of age are required to have a Delaware Trout Stamp, which costs $4.20. Residents ages 12 through 15 years old are required to have a Young Angler Trout Stamp, which costs $2.10. Non-residents 12 years of age and older are required to have a Non-Resident Trout Stamp, which costs $6.20.

Delaware hunting and fishing licenses, as well as Waterfowl Stamps and Trout Stamps, are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent, or to purchase a license or stamps online, visit Delaware Licenses. For additional information on Delaware fishing licenses, call 302-739-9918.

For more information on Delaware’s sporting stamp art competitions, please call DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife at 302-739-9911.

Media Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

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