Turenne Wins 2017 Minnesota Walleye Stamp Contest
MINNESOTA DNR NEWS
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 at www.mndnr.gov/stamps.