A painting by Ed DuRose of Roseville was selected as the winning design from among 11 entries in the 2014 pheasant habitat stamp contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). DuRose was last year’s second place finisher.
Six entries advanced to the second stage of judging, from which the five-member panel of judges selected four finalists. Nicolas Markell of Hugo took second place and Ronald Engerbretson of Owatonna took third.
The $7.50 pheasant stamp is required of all Minnesota pheasant hunters ages 18 through 64. Stamp sales generate money for habitat enhancement efforts on both public and private lands in Minnesota’s pheasant range.
The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work, which is usually done as limited edition prints. The 2014 Pheasant Stamp will be available for sale in March.