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Call for Minnesota's first walleye stamp designs

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Calling all wildlife artists: Time to think "fish."

The state has a new DNR-sponsored wildlife art contest. Move over, trout and salmon, migratory waterfowl, wild turkey and pheasant - it's walleye time!

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Entries will be accepted Oct. 13-24.

It all started when the Minnesota Legislature passed a law earlier this year creating the voluntary walleye stamp.

Anglers may purchase the stamp for an additional $5 when they buy their 2009 fishing license. Proceeds benefit walleye stocking and directly-related activities.

Artists must mail or hand deliver entries by 4 p.m. on Oct. 24 to: 2009 Walleye Stamp Contest, DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, Box 20, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020.

Designs should be securely wrapped and enclosed in an envelope or other container. The words "Walleye Stamp" should be clearly marked on the outside of the container. Late entries will not be accepted.

The walleye must be the primary focus of the design. Other fish species may be included in the design if they are used to depict a common interaction between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota's lakes and rivers.

Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Any entry that contains photographic products will be disqualified.

The contest, which offers no prizes, is open to Minnesota residents only. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain the proceeds.

A contest entry form and reproduction rights agreement, which grants the DNR the right to use the design for the stamp image and other promotional, educational and informational purposes related to walleye, must be signed and submitted with the design.

Judging will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 30, at DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. Contest judges will have expertise in art, ichthyology, fishing, aquatic habitats and/or printing.

For information, contact the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4040; call (651) 296-6157, (toll-free) 888-646-6367; or visit the DNR Web site at www.mndnr.gov.

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