Archery & Primitive Firearms Stamp Information
Deadline to Submit Entries for 2011 stamp is May 31, 2010
The Archery & Primitive Arms Stamp Story
Archery stamps have been required of anyone hunting deer during the archery deer season since 1960.
In 1980, MassWildlife established a requirement for a similar stamp for the newly established primitive firearms deer hunting season during which sportsmen hunt with flintlocks and caplocks, and hunters in both seasons bought what was called an archery/primitive firearms stamp.
In 1996, two stamps were created; one stamp for archery and a separate stamp for the primitive firearms season. This allowed biologists to evaluate bowhunters and primitive firearms hunters activities. In 2006, MassWildlife opted to use separate artwork to alleviate any possible confusion between the stamps.
Not only are these stamps required of the sportsmen and women hunting during the special deer seasons, they are also being sought by philatelists and other collectors of wildlife art. The annual sale of archery stamps and primitive firearms stamps generates over $250,000 for wildlife research, management and restoration in the Commonwealth. The stamps are on sale at hunting and fishing license outlets throughout the state.
As of 2007 there are now two separate competitions for the Massachusetts archery stamp and for the Massachusetts primitive firearms stamp. In each case the art must be the artist's original creation. There are no fees associated with this competition.
Rules & Regulations
Entries for the Archery Stamp must be appropriate to a stamp for bowhunting of white-tailed deer. The stamp design may include deer, hunting gear or any combination of the above.
Entries to the Primitive Firearms Stamp competition must be appropriate to a stamp for hunting white-tailed deer with a flintlock or caplock (primitive firearms). The stamp design may include deer, hunting gear or any combination of the above.
Each entry submitted must be clearly marked as A (Archery stamp); PF (Primitive Firearms stamp) or B (Both)
The artwork will be judged for the category (ies) for which it was entered. An entry can win only one competition. If it is selected as the winner in one competition it will not be entered in the second competition. Artwork selected in the competitions held in one year will appear on the archery and primitive firearms stamps for the following calendar year.
Subject and Format:
- The artist may draw or paint in oil, watercolor, or any other medium.
- The image must leave space for inscription, price and year.
There should be no writing on the artwork.
- The overall picture should be horizontal, 8.5 x 12 in a mat 14 x 18.
- Images should avoid excessive fine detail which may not reproduce
clearly when the image is reduced.
- The artist's name and address and telephone number should be
lettered on the back in a space no larger than can be covered with a 3 x 5 card.
- If insurance is desired, it must be supplied by the artist. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife cannot insure entries nor be responsible for damage in the mails or loss by fire or theft.
This form must be filled out and accompany each piece of artwork submitted by the artist.
Entries should be sent to:
Archery / Primitive Stamp Contest
Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
One Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581
For more information, contact Ellie Horwitz at 508/389-6305.
2010 ARCHERY AND PRIMITIVE FIREARMS STAMP WINNERS
Winners of the 2010 Archery and Primitive Firearms Stamps were judged and selected in early August by a panel of judges who met at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters in Westborough. The 2010 Archery Stamp will feature a goache of a bounding buck by Jeff Klinefelter of Etna Green, Indiana. An acrylic on hardboard image depicting a buck in a snowy landscape Judy Yates of Liberal, Kansas was selected for the 2010 Primitive Firearms Stamp. Both images will be reproduced on the state's 2010 archery and primitive firearms stamps and will be available for sale in December of 2009.
All deer hunters who hunt in the archery and blackpowder hunting seasons are required to purchase the stamps. The annual sale of archery stamps and primitive firearms stamps generates over $250,000 for wildlife research, management and restoration in the Commonwealth. Increasingly, these stamps are also being sought by philatelists and other collectors of wildlife art.
Jeff Klinefelter holds a BA in Fine Arts from Indiana University. He loved drawing wildlife when he was young then drifted away from that subject but has successfully returned to wildlife as a subject. He has previously won the Massachusetts archery stamp contest in 1999 and in 2004. No stranger to conservation stamp art competitions, Klinefelter has won awards in Ohio, California, Colorado, Delaware, Oregon, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Indiana, Nevada and has placed in the top 25 artists for a federal duck stamp competition. Klinefelter enjoys oil painting, collecting stamps, birdwatching and photography. His artwork is exhibited at two Indiana galleries, the Waterloo Gallery in Syracuse and Robin's Nest, Bourbon.
Judy Yates is a self taught professional artist and has been drawing since age 4. Yates took art class, after at an Oklahoma school from 7th to 11th grade. About 30 years ago Yates started to paint on stone and then in 1979 began earning her living by painting pet portraits. An avid hunter who hunts with a .54 Thompson caplock, Yates confesses that painting wildlife is her love, though pet painting earns her a living. She will take commissions and especially likes painting ducks. She has entered conservation stamp competitions in Colorado, Delaware Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Wyoming and the federal duck stamp competition. Several Texas galleries feature her artwork and there is an extensive portfolio of her work on her website. She will be moving back to Texas in the near future.