Duck Stamp Competition Winner

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A Louisiana-born artist who now lives in Virginia has won the contest to design the Louisiana duck stamp for 2013.

Ron Louque of Charlottesville painted a mallard pair resting on the roots of an old stump along a wooded bayou. He's now a four-time winner. Guy Crittenden of Richmond, Va., took second place and Dale Pousson of Egan, La., took third.

The annual Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp has raised money since 1988 for conservation and enhancement of state wetlands and other programs that benefit Louisiana's ducks and geese. This program has generated over $11 million for wetland conservation in Louisiana since 1989.

Until recently, waterfowl hunters had to pay for both a hunting license and a duck stamp. Waterfowl study leader Larry Reynolds says the two were separated in 2010.

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Competing paintings will be on display starting at 9 a.m. and judging will begin at 10 a.m. The contest is open to the public.

The Legislature authorized the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program in 1988 to generate revenue for conservation and enhancement of waterfowl populations and habitats.

During the past 22 years, more than $10 million has been generated with about $5 million spent on land acquisition.

The duck stamp contest traditionally has attracted artists from across the country. Judges include waterfowl biologists, artists and art dealers with waterfowl expertise.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Competing designs for the 2013 Louisiana duck stamp will be judged Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Waddill Wildlife Refuge and Education Center in Baton Rouge.

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