The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has announced the winner of its 2014 Conservation Stamp Art Contest, featuring ruffed grouse.
The painting chosen is called “Dine and Dash” by an artist from Grayling, Michigan. Second and third places went to artists from Colorado and Indiana.
Among the honorable mentions were two artists from Wyoming – Bruce Speidel of Sundance and William Smith of Jackson. The winning images can be seen online at the wildlife department’s website – wgfd.wyo.gov.
According to information provided on the site, the contest continues to lead the country in state wildlife stamp art competitions in number of entries, prize money and quality of artwork.
The winner’s work will be reproduced on about 200,000 Conservation Stamps. The original piece of art becomes the property of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to be placed on permanent public display in the department's headquarters in Cheyenne.
Conservation stamps originated in 1984 and almost all hunters and anglers in Wyoming must purchase the stamp, yearly. Stamps are also purchased by collectors and buyers of the Wyoming Conservation Stamp limited edition art prints.