The Minnesota DNR regularly holds contests for people to design hunting and fishing stamps and they've announced that a Duluth artist was the winner of the recent Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest.

Congratulations to winning artist Dean Kegler.  His painting, shown above, was selected by judges from among 11 entries for the annual contest.

Kegler’s painting of a walleye about to strike a crankbait will be featured on the 2018 walleye stamp.  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 are need not be purchased at the same time as fishing licenses.

This is the third stamp contest win for Kegler, who also won the 2016 trout and salmon and 2009 pheasant stamp contests.