Michigan Waterfowl Stamp Program
The Michigan Duck Hunters Association (MDHA) coordinates the Michigan waterfowl stamp program in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. MDHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to waterfowl and wetland conservation. Proceeds from stamp sales will be used to fund MDHA projects, with 10 percent used to match DNR funding for purchasing wetlands.
The 2014 Michigan duck stamp features a pair of long-tailed ducks in flight, painted by Christopher Smith. Christopher Smith is a wildlife artist from Suttons Bay, Michigan. He specializes in dogs and wildlife scenes for pet owners and wildlife lovers across the country.
Chris has illustrated more than twenty hunting and fishing books. He is a Contributing Artist for Retriever Journal and a freelance illustrator for the Pointing Dog Journal, Just Labs, and Ruffed Grouse Society magazine, as well as a freelance writer. Chris is author and illustrator of "Field Guide to Upland Bird and Waterfowl Identification," and is co-author with brother Jason of Waterfowling Horizons.
In 2005 and 2014, Smith took first place in Michigan State Duck Stamp Contest, and second in 2012. In and 2009 and 2014, he took first place in the contests for the Michigan Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist of the Year. He also has painted the 2014 Print of the Year for the Ruffed Grouse Society.
Chris attended NMC in Traverse City in 1990, and is a graduate from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. He and wife Lani, an art teacher in Leelanau County, have two children, Nathan and Audrey, and one obnoxious Labrador. He has hunted and fished across much of North America, adding hands-on experiences to his formal education in the wildlife sciences.
Purchase of these collector-edition stamps is voluntary and does not replace the state waterfowl hunting license. MDHA will mail waterfowl hunters a free copy of the stamp (subject to availability) if they send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with a copy of their Michigan waterfowl hunting license to: Michigan Duck Hunters Association, Waterfowl Stamp Program, P.O. Box 20, Midland, MI 48640.