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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.
Duluth Artist Wins 2018 Walleye Stamp Contest
MN Dept. of Natural Resources News Release - November ?,
St. Louis Park artist wins 2019 Trout and Salmon Stamp Contest
MN Dept. of Natural Resources News (Released August 9, 2018)
St. Louis Park artist Richard Goodkind has won the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brook trout. The painting was selected by judges from among nine submissions for the annual contest, and will be featured on the 2019 stamp.
Goodkind is now a two-time winner of the trout stamp contest, having previously won in 2010. Two entries advanced to the final stage of judging during the contest that happened Aug. 2 at the DNR Central Office in St. Paul. The runner-up in this year’s contest was Stuart Nelson of Cloquet.
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 2020 stamp: rainbow, brown, splake and lake trout, coho, pink, chinook and Atlantic salmon. Brook trout designs will not be eligible for the 2020 stamp.
The trout and salmon stamp validation is sold for $10 along with fishing licenses and is required for Minnesota residents age 18 to 64 and non-residents older than age 18 and under age 65 to fish designated trout streams, trout lakes and Lake Superior and when 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/fishing.
Shakopee Artist Wins 2018 Duck Stamp Contest
MN Dept. of Natural Resources News Release - September
Rushford Artist Wins Again in 2018 Pheasant Stamp Competition
MN Dept. of Natural Resources News Released September
St. Charles resident wins turkey stamp contest
MN Dept. of Natural Resources News Release - January 2, 2018
St. Charles artist Micah Hanson won the 2019 turkey stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among 12 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Hanson’s painting will be featured on the 2019 turkey stamp. His artwork was previously featured on the 2011 and 2015 turkey stamps, and he also has won Minnesota contests for the 2000 and 2003 trout and salmon stamp, both with a brown trout.
Six entries advanced as finalists and were selected Dec. 21 at DNR headquarters in St. Paul. Other finalists were Bradley Hadrava, Nathan Hager and Stephen Hamrick in a three-way tie for second place; Dean Kegler, third place; and Anges Coudron, fourth place. The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. The 2019 turkey stamp will be available for sale March 1, 2019.
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 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 youth 12 years old and younger; $5 for ages 13 through 17; and $26 for hunters 18 and older. More information on turkey hunting is available at mndnr.gov/hunting/turkey.