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Vienna teen's painting featured as duck stamp

Abraham Hunter won the 2011 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. (Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) Abraham Hunter won the 2011 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. (Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
VIENNA, IL (KFVS) -

A Vienna, Illinois teen's painting will be featured as a duck stamp for the 2011 Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

Abraham Hunter, 17, from Vienna, Illinois won the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest in April.

He and his family will travel to Houston, Texas for the official first day of release of the 2011 Federal Junior Duck Stamp on June 24.

Duck stamps are pictorial stamps produced by the U.S. Postal Service for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  They are not valid for postage.  They were first created in 1934 as the federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl.

The stamps serve as a hunting license and a conservation tool.  A current year's Federal Duck Stamp also serves as an entrance pass for National Wildlife Refuges where admission is normally charged.

Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sales of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System, according to the Federal Duck Stamp Office.

Hunter began painting at age 12 and has won numerous state and national competitions for his work.

Hunter will be at a reception hosted by The Vienna Times on June 30 and will be available to sign a limited number of the collectable junior duck stamps.

The reception will be Thursday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension Office in Vienna.  The office is on Main Street behind the Vienna Post Office.

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