Skip to main content


Game Bird Hunting

Migratory Bird Stamp & Artwork

Meet the 2021 Washington State Duck Stamp Competition Winner and Washington Waterfowl Association's Artist of the Year:

Denise D. Nelson

Denise D. Nelson of Sherrills Ford, NC is a traditional oil painter working in the time-honored techniques of classical realism. Ms. Nelson earned a BFA in Studio Painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ms. Nelson’s career as a professional artist spans over thirty years including gallery and publisher representation, participation in juried exhibits, duck stamp and wildlife art competition, and extensive private and corporate commission work. Ms. Nelson has worked with wildlife conservation organizations including NC Ducks Unlimited, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, SC Department of Natural Resources, SC Quail Unlimited, and the Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia. Corporate commissions include NC Ducks Unlimited Sponsor prints, and limited-edition wine labels and artwork created exclusively for the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

To receive a complimentary Duck Stamp, mail a copy of your license with a self addressed stamped envelope by March 31, 2022.

Mail to:

Washington Waterfowl Association

Duck Stamp Program

18207 Rhodes Lake Rd

E Bonney Lake, WA 98391

Learn more at:

Washington Migratory Bird Permit and Artwork Dollars at Work

Thank You Migratory Bird Hunters of Washington!

Every year the revenue from migratory bird permits and artwork have been responsible for improvements in the quality and quantity of wetland habitats in Washington—for the benefit of migratory birds like waterfowl, coot, snipe, mourning dove, band-tailed pigeon and others!

Wetland habitats throughout Washington are critical to not only our breeding populations, but birds that are visitors from Alaska, western Canada, and eastern Russia—more than 35 species! It is only through a network of wetlands that we sustain these populations into the future.

You contribute to this international effort every year by purchasing your Migratory Bird Permit!

But Did You Know? You and others can also promote waterfowl conservation through art!

By giving someone you know waterfowl artwork you pass along the story and importance of wetland stewardship. To learn more and continue this waterfowl legacy, please visit the WDFW website ( and see available artwork at Washington Waterfowl Association’s website (