Cloquet’s Stuart Nelson wins second DNR stamp contest in three months

This image of a walleye taking a fishing lure, painted by Stuart Nelson of Cloquet, has been chosen as the 2014 Minnesota Walleye Stamp. (DNR photo)

A painting of a walleye chasing a spinner-rig tipped with a minnow by Stuart Nelson of Cloquet will be featured on Minnesota’s 2014 walleye stamp, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today.

Nelson’s design was selected from three finalists. This is the second win this year for Nelson and fourth overall in a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sponsored stamp contest. Stuart won the 2014 and 1999 trout stamp contest and the 2011 walleye stamp contest.

Three entries made it to the final stage of judging during the contest, which was conducted Oct. 24 at DNR headquarters in St. Paul.

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.

The Legislature created the walleye stamp in 2009. It adds $5 to the cost of an angling license for those who choose to purchase it, although it is not required to legally catch walleye. Revenue from stamp sales is used to purchase walleyes stocked in Minnesota lakes.

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