Mark Kness of Albert Lea received the Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest and Stephen Hamrick of Lakeville received the Turkey Habitat Stamp contest. Each of the annual contests occurred Sept. 19 and are sponsored by the Minnesota Division of Pure Sources.
This was the primary time Mark Kness has received the pheasant stamp contest. His portray, chosen by judges from amongst 11 submissions, will likely be featured on the 2020 pheasant habitat stamp. Different finalists have been Mark Thone of Shakopee in second place, Stephen Hamrick of Lakeville in third place and Nicholas Markell of Stillwater in fourth place.
Within the turkey stamp contest, Hamrick’s portray was chosen by judges from amongst 9 submissions, and will likely be featured on the 2021 turkey habitat stamp. Different finalists have been Micah Hanson of St. Charles in second place and Mark Kness in third place.
The pheasant stamp validation for looking is $7.50 and is required for pheasant hunters ages 18 to 64. For an additional 75 cents, purchasers can obtain the validation in addition to the pictorial stamp within the mail. It is also bought as a collectible. Income from stamp gross sales is devoted to pheasant habitat administration and safety.
The 1996 Minnesota Legislature licensed the turkey stamp on the request of turkey hunters. The DNR makes use of stamp income for wild turkey administration and analysis, and incorporates the price of a turkey stamp into the value of the looking license – no further buy is required.
A pictorial turkey stamp prices 75 cents and will be bought with or with out a turkey looking license.
Extra stamp contest info is obtainable at mndnr.gov/stamps.