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Federal Duck Stamp Display at PGC Headquarters through Jan. 24

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2019-2020 Federal Duck Stamp Display at Pennsylvania Game Commission Headquarters.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has again partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Pennsylvania Chapter of Ducks Unlimited to host a display of the original artwork submissions, including the winner of the 2019-2020 Federal Duck Stamp (pictured below), at the agency’s headquarters, located at 2001 Elmerton Ave., in Harrisburg. The display will be available until Jan. 24, 2019.

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Scot Storm, Freeport, MN, “Wood Duck,” acrylic.

Waterfowl hunters 16 years and older are required to purchase a Federal Duck Stamp, but anyone can contribute to the cause of conservation by buying one. The stamps are miniature works of art and are prized by stamp collectors around the world.

These stamps are among the most successful conservation tools ever created to protect habitat for birds and other wildlife, as 98 percent of the purchase price goes directly to help acquire and protect wetland habitat and purchase conservation easements for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Pennsylvania is home to three National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) – Erie, Cherry Valley and John Heinz. A current stamp also serves as a free pass into any NWR that charges an entry fee.

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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia, PA. Photo by Joe Kosack.

Every fall, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts an art contest to select the art that will be displayed on the next year’s stamp. This contest is the only juried art competition sponsored by the federal government. Any artist 18 years and older may enter, and the winning artist sees his or her work featured as the design of the following year’s Federal Duck Stamp.

Also known as the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, the Federal Duck Stamp was conceived in 1934, when Congress passed, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act.

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Junior Duck Stamp Program display at Game Commission Headquarters.

The above photo is of the Junior Duck Stamp Program display. Each year, more than 25,000 students from kindergarten through high school are involved in this program.

The meaningful words of Abigail McIntyre, age 16, of Manhattan, KS, are featured on this display: “Conserving our wetlands is as important as conserving our art. It is our history, our inspiration, our life and our future.”

Each state presents awards in four different age categories and declares one Best of Show, which receives the top honor of being the selected representative for the state in the national Junior Duck Stamp competition. The national winning entry is made into a collector’s stamp.

Pictured below, is the winner from Pennsylvania – Maggie Kozich, age 12, from Mountaintop, PA, with “Tundra Swan,” which she created using pastels.

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Maggie Kozich, age 12, Mountaintop, PA, “Tundra Swan,” using pastel.

Pennsylvania Duck Stamp

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In addition to the Federal Duck Stamp, you can support the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s conservation efforts by purchasing a Pennsylvania Duck Stamp. This program began in 1983, and revenues are deposited into the Game Fund to protect, manage and conserve more than 5,000 acres of wetlands for migratory bird conservation.

Pennsylvania’s Waterfowl Heritage Collection

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To celebrate Pennsylvania’s rich hunting and conservation history, our agency introduced the “Waterfowl Heritage Collection.” This five-year series features a specific species each year on a 4-inch patch and a Pennsylvania made call.  Display cases are available for both patches and calls and would make a great addition to any home or office. Click here to purchase online, or stop by to see the display and purchase one at Game Commission Headquarters.

 

 

 

 

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North Country Rabbit Stew with Dumplings

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It’s Wild Game Wednesday!

With the holiday season upon us and colder temperatures becoming a regular occurrence here in Pennsylvania, it’s the perfect time to get afield for some small game hunting. Species like rabbits, pheasants, squirrels and quail are all in season now through Dec. 24, then reopen Dec. 26-Feb. 28. This is a great time of year to reconnect with family and friends, and hopefully you’ll have a chance to go hunting with someone special this holiday season.

If you happen to be planning a group rabbit hunt, and are looking for a great, wintry recipe to share with family and friends, consider this one: North Country Rabbit Stew with Dumplings. “This recipe is based upon classical preparation methods for rabbits and hares in northern England,” said Ethan Barton of Barbours, PA, who submitted this recipe to the Second Edition of the Pennsylvania Game Commission Cookbook.

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On Wild Game Wednesday, we take a moment to recognize one of the most important reasons people take to the woods and fields to hunt: to fill their freezers with types of fresh, organic meat. These regular posts include delicious, easy and seasonal wild game recipes from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Game Cookbook that you and your family can prepare. Enjoy!

CLICK HERE if you are interested in more wild game recipes submitted by people from around Pennsylvania. You can purchase the second edition of the cookbook for less than $10!


Quail with Rice

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It’s Wild Game Wednesday!

Bobwhite Quail season opened on Monday, and runs through Dec. 24, then reopens Dec. 26-Feb. 28 (8 daily, 24 possession). Prehistoric evidence of bobwhite quail in Pennsylvania dates back as early as the 1400’s with the discovery of their bones found in early human settlements. Through the advent of recorded history, early peoples utilized quail as a food source.

The northern bobwhite quail has been a long-standing resident of Pennsylvania until just recently. The Game Commission has been working hard to restore quail habitat and bring bobwhites back to their northern range. Click here to learn about the Northern Bobwhite Quail Management Plan for Pennsylvania: 2011-2020.

On Wild Game Wednesday, we take a moment to recognize one of the most important reasons people take to the woods and fields to hunt: to fill their freezers with types of fresh, organic meat. These regular posts include delicious, easy and seasonal wild game recipes from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Game Cookbook that you and your family can prepare. Enjoy!

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CLICK HERE if you are interested in more wild game recipes submitted by people from around Pennsylvania. You can purchase the second edition of the cookbook for less than $10!


Breaded Venison

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It’s Wild Game Wednesday!

Since we wait all year for deer season, we decided to feature another venison recipe this week for our deer hunters to use in the coming days, weeks or months. This is an easy, versatile recipe that could be used in a number of ways – venison parmesan, over a salad or paired with vegetables, for example.
On Wild Game Wednesday, we take a moment to recognize one of the most important reasons people take to the woods and fields to hunt: to fill their freezers with types of fresh, organic meat. These regular posts include delicious, easy and seasonal wild game recipes from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Game Cookbook that you and your family can prepare.

Enjoy!

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If you are interested in more wild game recipes submitted by people from around Pennsylvania, visit www.theoutdoorshop.state.pa.us//FBG/game/GameProductSelect.asp?catid=BKS to purchase the second edition of the cookbook for less than $10!