Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service holds the Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition, where judges deliberate for two days before deciding on the next winning design. The USFWS recently named Maumee Bay State Park Conference Center in Oregon, Ohio, as the site for the next competition, which will take place Sept. 27-28.

The selection, in part, pays homage to long-time Fish and Wildlife Service employee and acclaimed wildlife artist Bob Hines, who was born in Columbus, Ohio. The designer for the 1947 Duck Stamp, Hines also worked for the Ohio Division of Wildlife as a staff artist for many years.

“I am thrilled that the Midwest Region has again been selected to host the Federal Duck Stamp Contest,” said Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius. “The Midwest has large conservation and art communities. The Federal Duck Stamp Contest is an opportunity to celebrate and honor both traditions.”

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.