Two Northern Wisconsin artists were selected as the winners in the DNR’s annual bird stamp contest.
The DNR received more than thirty entries among the 3 categories, turkey, pheasant and waterfowl. The winning entries were selected last month and will appear on the 2014 stamps.
Thirty year old Cole Metrich of Lake Tomahawk actually won 2 of the 3 categories. The self-taught painter had his entries for both Pheasant and Waterfowl selected. The pheasant drawing is a composite of multiple photos he took while near Merrill. The waterfowl portrait is a close up of a wood duck.
Metrich offered a bit of artistic advice, “paint what comes naturally – don’t try to force it. Being accurate in your depiction of nature is also crucial.” Metrich is a repeat winner, having his turkey stamp selected two years ago.
This year the winner of the turkey stamp is Virgil Beck of Stevens Point. Beck is also no stranger to winning these DNR contests, with his artwork appearing on various seasonal stamps 5 times. His turkey stamp shows a tom strutting in the sunset.
The sale of the stamps is required for hunters in the state of Wisconsin. The actual physical stamp is available if requested by the hunter when registering. They are also available for purchase by non-hunters. Money raised goes back into protecting these animals and maintaining or restoring their habitat.