A painting of a white-winged scoter by Shakopee artist Mark Thone will be featured on the 2018 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after he won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.
This was Thone’s first time winning the duck stamp contest.
The winning painting was selected by judges from among 16 entries. Four entries advanced as finalists that were selected during the Sept. 7 contest. The other finalists were Michael Sieve, second place; John Barnard, third place; and Stephen Hamrick, fourth place. The duck stamp contest began in 1977.
The waterfowl stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and for an extra 75 cents purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to waterfowl management and habitat work. Stamp sales generate about $700,000 per year for waterfowl habitat enhancement projects on state wildlife management areas and shallow lakes.
The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. Each year the entries are limited to a predetermined species that breeds or migrates through Minnesota. The eligible species for the 2019 stamp design will be the gadwall. For more on the stamp contests, visit mndnr.gov/stamps.