CHEYENNE - Artists are reminded that only a week remains to submit artwork to be entered in the upcoming Wyoming Game and Fish Department Conservation Stamp Art Contest. The annual event is now in its 31st year.
The subject of this year’s contest is the Sauger, one of Wyoming’s native game fish species. Each year the Game and Fish selects a species to be the subject of the competition. The winning image in this year’s contest will appear on the 2015 Wyoming Conservation stamp. The conservation stamp is required of most licensed hunters and anglers. In addition to having his/her artwork appear on more than 100,000 conservation stamps, the winning artist also receives a cash award of $3,500. Second place receives $1,500, third $750.
The competition is open to professional artists. Entries for the contest must be postmarked and/or delivered to Game and Fish headquarters in Cheyenne by March 3. This is an expansion of the March 1 deadline since March 1 this year is on a weekend. Artists should note the early March deadline is a change from the March 15 deadline of previous years. The Game and Fish typically receives 50-80 entries each year. The contest will culminate with judging in Cheyenne on April 11, 2014.
Information including rules and deadlines on the Conservation Stamp Art Contest is on the Game and Fish website wgfd.wyo.gov.
In Wyoming, sauger (Sander canadensis) are native to streams east of the Continental Divide. It is found today in theWind-Bighorn River drainage and in the Tongue and Powder River drainages. In the early 1900s it was found in the North Platte River, but is no longer found in that drainage. Wyoming’s state record sauger was caught out of Boysen Reservoir in Fremont County in 2007 and weighed 7 lbs 8 oz.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)