In 1978, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department began the Montana Duck and Bird Stamp Print. During the history of this stamp program from 1978 to 1980, they virtually broke every rule for the integrity of it. The first year, 1978, the "winning" design was selected by the Commissioners of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department. The second year, 1979, was the first true open competition of thirty three entries. John Michael Marion was the first judged and juried winner of this program. The next years competition resulted in the selection of Ron Jenkins with his Barrows Goldeneyes.

Miraculously without any consultation with the art market, the collectors, and, or the artists, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks closed the stamp program. Later they again restarted the Duck Stamp Program and declared that it was a First of State process with no acknowledgement of the "winners" from 1978 to 1980.

"1979 Montana Duck and Bird Stamp" Winning Entry and Publishing Design
John Michael Marion

10 inches high by 14 inches wide

5 inches high by 7 inches wide

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