MADISON, Wisconsin. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the application period for Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp funding is now open and will run through February 10. of 2023.
Stamp funds are available to nonprofit conservation organizations, tribes, and government organizations focused on the development, management, preservation, restoration, and maintenance of habitats that will benefit wild turkeys, pheasants, and waterfowl. Funding for successful applicants will be available during fiscal years 2024 and 2025 (July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2026).
Annual wildlife stamp revenues average $650,000 for pheasants, $750,000 for wild turkeys, and $900,000 for waterfowl. Funds are generated from the sale of state wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamps, as well as a portion of conservation sponsor license sales. While stamps are required to hunt these species, collectors and nature enthusiasts also purchase the stamps to help maintain wildlife habitat.
“Wisconsin’s wildlife stamp programs have been a cornerstone of conservation funding in Wisconsin for more than 40 years. We encourage conservation partners to apply and compete for funding through these grant programs to provide quality habitat for populations of game birds and other wildlife,” said Jason Fleener, DNR wetland habitat specialist. .
Through state law, 60% of pheasant stamp funds are set aside for pheasant production on game farms, while 33% of waterfowl stamp funds are set aside for habitat projects in Canada , where a significant proportion of Wisconsin’s fall ducks nest and raise young. Non-profit organizations interested in doing work on waterfowl habitats in Canada must request a special application form from the DNR.
For information and eligibility criteria, application guidance, funding priorities, and more information, visit the DNR Wildlife Stamp Funding and Stamp Design Contest webpage.