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In Minnesota, as in other states and on the federal level, stamp contests are held to find the best paintings each year to be featured on the various stamps used with hunting and fishing licenses. There are five stamp contests held at various times during the year in Minnesota. The current winners are:

Past winners of the various stamp contests can be found on this list. 

Minnesota 2017 Walleye Stamp image by Timothy Turenne.

2017 Walleye Stamp

Turenne Wins 2017 Walleye Stamp Contest

MN Dept. of Natural Resources News Release - November 3, 2016
Richfield artist Timothy Turenne won the 2017 Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among eight entries for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Turenne’s painting of a walleye foraging on minnows will be featured on the 2017 walleye stamp.

This is the second time Turenne has won the walleye stamp contest, his first win being in 2010. What’s more, Turenne has now won all four state stamp contests he’s entered this year – leaving out only the pheasant stamp.

“This is an incredible feat to win all these contests in one year,” said Neil Vanderbosch, fisheries program consultant. “The only reason he did not enter the pheasant stamp contest this year was because he won that contest last year and was ineligible to enter.”

The voluntary walleye stamp validation costs $5 but is not required to fish for or keep walleye. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers will be mailed the pictorial stamp. A pictorial collectable stamp without the validation is available for $5.75. Walleye stamps are available year-round and need not be purchased at the same time as fishing licenses.

Four entries advanced as finalists and were selected Oct. 27 at DNR headquarters in St. Paul. The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work.

Revenue from stamp sales is used to purchase walleye for stocking in Minnesota’s lakes. The 2016 walleye stamp is still available for purchase at all license vendors. More information about stamps is available on the fish and wildlife habitat stamp program page.

2017 Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp winner - Timothy Turenne is the artist
2017 Trout and Salmon Stamp

Richfield artist wins 2017 Trout and Salmon Stamp Contest

MN Dept. of Natural Resources News (Released August 25, 2016)
Richfield artist Timothy Turenne has won the 2017 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brook trout. The painting was selected by judges from 11 submissions for the annual contest.

Turenne is now a two-time winner of the trout stamp contest, having previously won in 2009.

“Congratulations to Turenne, and thank you to all who entered this year,” said Brian Nerbonne, streams habitat consultant, who coordinates the contest.

Four entries advanced to the final stage of judging during the contest Aug. 18 at the DNR Central Office in St. Paul. Other finalists were Nicholas Markell, second place; Brandie Larson, third place; and Scott Wenner, fourth place.

The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. The following species will be eligible for the 2018 stamp: rainbow, brown, splake and lake trout, coho, pink, chinook and Atlantic salmon. Brook trout designs will not be eligible for the 2018 stamp.

The trout and salmon stamp validation is sold for $10 along with fishing licenses and is required for Minnesota residents ages 18 to 64 and nonresidents older than age 18 and under age 65 to fish designated trout streams, trout lakes and Lake Superior and to be in possession of trout or salmon. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers can receive the validation as well as the pictorial stamp in the mail. It also is sold as a collectible.

Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to trout and salmon management and habitat work. For more information on trout fishing license requirements, visit mndnr.gov/fishmn/trout.
For an extra 75 cents, fishing license purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp in the mail. A collectible stamp is available for $10.75, but is not valid for fishing. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to trout and salmon management and habitat work. For more information on trout fishing license requirements, see www.mndnr.gov/fishmn/trout.

 Minnesota 2017 Migratory Waterfowl Stamp image by Timothy Turenne. 2017 Migratory Waterfowl Stamp

Richfield artist wins 2017 Duck Stamp Contest

MN Dept. of Natural Resources News Release - September 10, 2015
A painting of a redhead duck by Richfield artist Timothy Turenne will be featured on the 2017 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after Turenne won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.

This was Turenne’s first time winning the duck stamp contest, and he has now won all the DNR-sponsored stamp contests.

The winning painting was selected by judges from among 24 entries. Three entries advanced as finalists that were selected during the Sept. 8 contest. The other finalists were Mark Kness, second place; and Nicholas Markell, third place. The duck stamp contest began in 1977.

The waterfowl stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and for an extra 75 cents purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to waterfowl management and habitat work. Stamp sales generate about $700,000 per year for waterfowl habitat enhancement projects on state wildlife management areas and shallow lakes.

The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. Each year the entries are limited to a predetermined species that breeds or migrates through Minnesota. The eligible species for the 2018 stamp design will be the white-winged scoter. For more on the stamp contests, visit www.mndnr.gov/stamps.

This year also marks 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty, one of the cornerstones of efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders. Learn more at www.fws.gov/birds/mbtreaty100.

 Scot Storm is the 2017 Pheasant Habitat Stamp Winner 2017 Pheasant Habitat Stamp

Sartell Wins Again in 2017 Pheasant Stamp Competition

MN Dept. of Natural Resources News Released September 29,2016
Sartell artist Scot Storm won the 2017 Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among 15 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

pheasant-stamp Storm’s painting will be featured on the 2017 pheasant habitat stamp. His artwork has been featured on the pheasant stamp in 2011, 2006 and 2000; and on the waterfowl stamp in 2015, 2009 and 2004.

The pheasant stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and is required for pheasant hunters ages 18 to 64. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers can receive the validation as well as the pictorial stamp in the mail. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to pheasant management and habitat work.

Four entries advanced as finalists and were selected Sept. 22 at DNR headquarters in St. Paul. Other finalists were Mark Thone, second place; Nicholas Markell, third place; and Mark Kness, fourth place.

The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. The 2017 pheasant stamp will be available for sale in March.

Timothy Turenne is the 2017 Minnesota Turkey Stamp Winner
 2017 Turkey Habitat Stamp

Richfield wins 2017 Turkey Stamp Contest
Released January 14, 2016

Richfield artist Timothy Turenne won the 2017 turkey stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among six submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Turenne’s painting will be featured on the 2017

turkey stamp. His artwork was previously featured on the 2007, and 2010 turkey stamp, and he has also won the Minnesota pheasant, walleye, and trout and salmon stamps.

Four entries advanced as finalists and were selected Jan. 7 at DNR headquarters in St. Paul. Other finalists were Tyler Maddous, second place; Agnes Goudron, third place; and Thomas Sinnen, fourth place.

The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. The 2017 turkey stamp will be available for sale Feb. 18, 2017.

The turkey stamp was authorized by the 1996 Minnesota Legislature at the request of turkey hunters. Stamp revenue is used for wild turkey management and research. The cost of a turkey stamp is now incorporated into the price of the hunting license – no additional purchase is required. However, a pictorial turkey stamp costs 75 cents and can be purchased with or without a turkey hunting license.

Turkey hunting licenses are free for 12 year olds; $5 for ages 13 through 17; and $26 for hunters 18 and older. More information is available on the wild turkey hunting page.


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