Hugo artist Nicholas Markell will be featured on Minnesota’s 2013 walleye stamp, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. It features a walleye chasing a minnow.
His design was selected from nine entries and it’s his second win in just more than a year in a DNR-sponsored stamp contest. He also won the 2012 trout stmap contest.
Markell has participated in several stamp contests and has been a finalist many times.
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 to be stocked in Minnesota’s lakes. The 2012 walleye stamp is still available for purchase at all license vendors.