Clemson University's Waterfowl Demonstration/Research Site in Pickens County, managed by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, will be featured on a Ducks Unlimited sponsor print to be painted by four-time South Carolina Duck Stamp winner Rodney Huckaby of Simpsonville.
The Clemson waterfowl area was developed in 1990 by Clemson University and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to show farmers how to use land more profitably while also benefiting wildlife. It is also a laboratory for Clemson University students and researchers. Students have counted as many as 1,300 ducks in a day and noted as many as 25 species on the waterfowl area, said Skip Still, DNR wildlife biologist based in Clemson. Other conservation partners who helped develop the waterfowl area included Anderson County and the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Huckaby was chosen by Ducks Unlimited to depict its fund-raising sponsor print, featuring the Clemson University waterfowl site off US 76 near Tri-County Technical College. The Waterfowl Demonstration/Research Site is in the Fants Grove section of the Clemson University's Experimental Forest.
Huckaby's sponsor print featuring the Clemson waterfowl area will be part of Ducks Unlimited fund-raising efforts. Ducks Unlimited has raised billions of dollars for wetlands and waterfowl conservation projects, according to Dan O'Neal, senior regional director in the western Carolinas for the non-profit conservation organization that has more than 700,000 members nationally.
Huckaby's painting of a pair of canvasback ducks flying over the ocean with a shrimp boat pulling its trawl nets in the background was judged the winner of South Carolina's 25th annual State Duck Stamp Contest Oct. 14, 2004, in Columbia by members of the S.C. Migratory Waterfowl Committee. The stamp competition is a program of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The winning artwork will be featured on the 2005-2006 S.C. Migratory Waterfowl and Hunting Stamp next waterfowl season. Huckaby, who paints only one or two pictures a year, is the only four-time winner of the South Carolina duck stamp contest in its 25-year history. Huckaby previously won the South Carolina duck stamp contest in 1995, 1997 and 2002.