A painting of a walleye about to strike a minnow has been selected as the image for the 2012 Minnesota walleye stamp. The painting, by John House of Melby, was selected from six designs submitted to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This is the fifth win for House in DNR-sponsored stamp contests. He has now won all of the stamp contests. He placed first in the waterfowl stamp contest in 1999, the pheasant stamp contest in 2004, the trout stamp contest in 2006 and the turkey stamp contest in 2008. Funds generated from the $5 voluntary stamp purchase contribution are dedicated for walleye stocking activities. A walleye stamp is not necessary to catch or keep walleye. An artist whose work is selected for a Minnesota fish or wildlife stamp receives no compensation from the DNR, but does retain reproduction and marketing rights.
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