Evansville Artist Wins 2006 Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp Design Contest

Aug 18, 2005

An under water scene of a brown trout pursuing a wet fly will be featured on Minnesota's 2006 Trout and Salmon Stamp. John House of Evansville painted the winning oil design, his first entry in the Trout and Salmon Stamp contest. A professional wildlife artist, House is a past winner of Minnesota's Waterfowl and Pheasant Stamp contests and placed second in the 2006 Turkey Stamp contest, which was won by David Chapman.

2006 Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp. Chapman, who won this year's pheasant, turkey and waterfowl stamp contests, finished second in the Trout and Salmon Stamp contest. Other finalists were Richard Goodkind, St. Louis Park, and Jason Granggroth, Monticello. There were 15 entries in this year's contest.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which conducts the annual stamp contest, offers no prizes. The winner, however, retains print reproduction rights to the work, which is usually reproduced as a limited-edition wildlife print.

The Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp is required for those who fish in designated trout streams, designated trout lakes, Lake Superior, or who possess trout or salmon. They must also purchase a regular Minnesota fishing license.

The DNR sell approximately 95,000 stamps every year for $10 each, according to Mark Ebbers, DNR Fisheries Trout and Salmon Program consultant. He said proceeds are used for trout and salmon habitat improvement and stocking programs for streams and lakes.

Judging was held Aug. 11 at the DNR Headquarters in St. Paul. Judges were Bob Trevis, Ideal Printers; Joe Albert, staff writer for Outdoor News; Elliott Olson, Trout Unlimited; Dr. Ray Newman, University of Minnesota; and John Hiebert, DNR Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

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