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Junior Duck Stamp winners announced

Courtesy photo Thomas Dwyer's, 18, of Bismarck, winning duck stamp, pictured above was entitled "King of the Lake."

An oil painting of a wood duck has been chosen as the 2009 'Best of Show' in the North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Eighteen year old Thomas Dwyer from Bismarck, titled his winning artwork "King of the Lake". Thomas takes art lessons from Margaret Swift at The Art Shack in Glenn Ullin, and has participated in the Junior Duck Stamp Contest for 9 years. Thomas's artwork was selected from 551 entries received from across North Dakota.

Thomas is a senior at Shiloh Christian School where he participates in football, basketball, and baseball. Other hobbies include drawing and painting, reading, hunting, fishing, camping, and jet skiing on Lake Sakakawea.

In April 2009, Thomas's artwork will compete at the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest along with other state and U.S. territory entries. The first place national winner, along with a parent/guardian, and the teacher, will receive a trip to Washington DC, a $5,000 cash award, and the honor of having their entry made into a stamp.

Alicia Rohde, a 17 year old student from Valley City received Best of Show runner-up honors. Alicia featured a colored pencil drawing of a pair of red-breasted mergansers, and is taught by Kelly Callahan, art instructor at Valley City High School.

Tyler Jahner of Dickinson took second place in Group 4 of the grades 10-12 division.

The North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Banquet and Awards Ceremony will be held for all first, second, and third place winners in Bismarck on May 2nd, in conjunction with the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Club banquet and auction. Winning students will receive ribbons and prizes donated by National Wildlife Refuges and other wildlife organizations. The winning artwork will be exhibited throughout the state at national wildlife refuge events, shopping malls, Scheels, and other locations throughout the year.

Recreational Trail Program application deadline extended

The application deadline for the Recreational Trail Program has been extended to April 15 . The North Dakota Department of Parks and Recreation manages two federal outdoor recreation grant programs, Recreational Trails and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Information and applications for these programs are at .

The deadline for applications for the Land and Water Conservation Fund Program is May 1, 2009.

For more information contact Michelle Vetter at 701-328-5364 or email

District 1 advisory board meeting announced

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meeting in District 1 has been set. For a complete list of meetings, access the Game and Fish Department website at

These public meetings, held each spring and fall, provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of their district advisors and agency personnel.

Any person who requires an auxiliary aid or service must notify the contact person at least five days prior to the scheduled meeting date.

District 1 - Counties: Divide, McKenzie and Williams

Date: April 14 - 7 p.m.

Location: Old Library, Civic Center, Watford City

Host: McKenzie Co. Grazing Association

Contact: Dana Wold, 444-3384

Advisory board member: Merle Jost, Grassy Butte, 863-6727

Spring turkey season opens April 11, licenses remain

North Dakota's spring turkey season opens April 11 and 150 licenses remain in three units. Only those hunters who do not have a license for the 2009 spring season are eligible to apply.

Licenses remain in Unit 06, Bowman County; Unit 15, Emmons County; and Unit 45, Stark County.

Hunters who do not have a 2009 spring turkey license can apply online at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's website,, or call (701) 328-6300 to request an application. Licenses are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply.

In addition to the spring turkey license, hunters, regardless of age, must possess a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate ($1) and a general game and habitat license ($13). In addition, hunters age 16 and older must possess a small game license ($6) or a combination license ($32) before hunting wild turkeys. Either 2008-09 or 2009-10 licenses are valid. Gratis license holders are exempt from licensing requirements.

The season is open through May 17.