entries can be found on the service’s flickr website.
The Junior Duck Stamp Contest winner receives $1,000. The second-place winner receives $500, the third-place winner receives $200 and the Conservation Message winner receives $200.
You can buy Junior Duck Stamps online through the U.S. Postal Service and Amplex, and at some national wildlife refuges. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps are used for awards and scholarships to individuals who submit winning designs in state or national competitions, and for awards to schools and other participants to further education activities related to the conservation education goals of the program.
The First Day of Sale ceremony for the 2017-2018 Federal and Junior Duck Stamps will be held June 23 at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Little Rock, Arkansas. The event begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Both the Federal and Junior Duck Stamp artists will be available to sign stamps, and the U.S. Postal Service will have a special cancellation for collectors.
* * * Fishing report The opening day of the Chesapeake Bay’s spring trophy striped bass season was slow because most of the post-spawn fish had not yet exited spawning rivers, but fishing success should improve in the coming weeks.
Traditionally, opening day tends to be slow and the best fishing usually occurs around the last week of April and the first week of May. The best success on opening day was at first light and it tapered off as the morning wore on.
Fish have been caught by a few lucky souls along the steep edges near Podickory Point, Love Point, and around the Bay Bridge.
Catch-and-release fishing for hickory and American shad in many of the tidal rivers of the Chesapeake has been very good. Reports from the upper Choptank near Greensboro and the Marshyhope near Federalsburg have been good. Hickory shad tend to dominate the fishery, but there are just enough American shad to create more excitement.
White perch are working their way down the spawning rivers and are beginning to spread out into their typical late spring/summer habitats. Small jigs, spinners, and bottom rigs baited with bloodworms or grass shrimp are good ways to lure them. Channel catfish are active in most of the state’s tidal rivers and crappie fishing has been very good.
Largemouth bass are beginning to spawn in some of the warmer water ponds and impoundments. The possession of largemouth bass is prohibited from March 1 to June 15 in non-tidal waters, so bass should be handled carefully. The tidal rivers of our Eastern Shore hold good populations, and they can be found holding near the shallower spawning flats and feeder creeks. Crappie and bluegill fishing has been very good in these same areas, and the tidal rivers of the middle and lower Eastern Shore hold populations of northern snakeheads.
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Second place in the 2017 National Junior Duck Stamp Contest went to Daniel Billings, 16, of Gallatin, Missouri, for his oil painting depicting a wood duck.
Third place in the 2017 National Junior Duck Stamp Contest went to Rene Christensen, 17, of Nekoosa, Wisconsin, for her graphite rendition of a pair of Canada geese.