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Stephen Hamrick wins 2015 Minnesota pheasant stamp competition

A painting by Stephen Hamrick of Lakeville was chosen as the winning design from among 16 entries in the 2015 pheasant habitat stamp contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Nine entries advanced to the second stage of judging, from which the five-member panel of judges selected six finalists. Nicholas Markell of Hugo took second place and Dean Kegler of Duluth took third.

Hamrick has been a prolific winner of Minnesota stamp contests. Hamrick also won the pheasant stamp contest in 2003, along with the 2014 turkey stamp contest, the 2012 duck stamp and is a four-time winner of the trout and salmon stamp contest.

The $7.50 pheasant stamp is required of all Minnesota pheasant hunters ages 18 through 64. Stamp sales generate money for habitat enhancement efforts on both public and private lands in Minnesota’s pheasant range.

The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work, which is usually done as limited edition prints. The 2015 pheasant stamp will be available for sale in March.

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