Big Island Artists Win Wildlife Conservation Stamp Contest
The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife has announced the winners of the 2017-18 Hawaii Wildlife Conservation and Game Bird Stamp Art Contest—two residents of the Big Island.
A committee reviewed all submissions and two winners were chosen last month:
Game Bird Stamp Winner David K. Hayes is a wildlife artist from Kailua. His winning entry is an acrylic painting of a ring-neck pheasant in Kohala, depicting a father with his son and daughter bird hunting with dogs.
Hayes is exhibiting work at the Volcano Art Center. His “Life of the Land” show will be on exhibit until March 26, 2017.
Conservation Stamp Winner Carol Tredway is a professional wildlife artist from Holualoa. Her acrylic painting depicts a father and daughter bow hunting near Pu‘u Anahulu, with a ring-neck pheasant in the foreground and grazing sheep in the background.
Her work is displayed at the Glyph Gallery in Holualoa.
These two new Conservation and Game Birds stamps will be available for the new 2017-18 hunting season.
The conservation stamp is required on the Hawai‘i State hunting license, and the game bird hunting stamp is required for those intending to hunt game birds. Both stamps (differing slightly in text) will be available to wildlife stamp collectors by calling (808) 587-0166 or by visiting the Division of Forestry and Wildlife office located at 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 325, in Honolulu.
The DLNR thanks all wildlife artists who submitted art entries.
About Hawai‘i Wildlife Conservation Stamps
Funds from sales of the Hawai‘i Wildlife Conservation Stamps go into the state wildlife revolving fund to support wildlife populations and habitat, and to manage hunting in the state. Activities and projects supported by this fund have included surveys of game bird and mammal populations; land leasing for hunting; predator control; and maintenance of wildlife watering units. In addition, planting of native shrubs and trees, controlled burns, removal of invasive plants, and other wildlife habitat improvement and restoration projects are supported by these funds.
Last year, revenues from the Conservation Stamp and the Game Bird Stamp were used to cover some of the costs of maintaining hunting units and to add game bird and game mammal hunting opportunities where possible.
Funding helped pay for facility development, game mammal and game bird surveys, management of hunts, signage, paying commissions to vendors for the sales of hunting licenses, supplement game bird populations in new areas, to implement food crop plantings for game birds, to mow grasses and weeds to allow hunting, and to control predators like mongooses, rats and feral cats, while proceeds from the sales of conservation stamp will also provide the funds for the annual lease rental of the Lāna‘i Cooperative Game Management Area and several other hunting unit leases.