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2009 Wild Turkey Stamp contest opens Dec. 17

Artists can submit entries for Minnesota's 2009 Wild Turkey Stamp Contest from Monday, Dec. 17, to Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Entries, which can be mailed or hand delivered, must be received by 4 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2008 to: 2009 Wild Turkey Stamp Contest, DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN, 55155-4020.

The design should be securely wrapped and enclosed in an envelope or other container. The words "Wild Turkey Stamp" should be clearly marked on the outside of the container. Late entries will not be accepted.

The eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) must be the primary focus of the design. Other wildlife species may be included in the design if they are used to depict a common interaction between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota's wild turkey range.

The contest is open to Minnesota residents only and offers no prizes.

A contest entry form and reproduction rights agreement, which grants the DNR the right to use the design for the stamp image and other promotional, educational and informational purposes related to wild turkeys, must be signed and submitted with the design.

Information is available by calling the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll free at 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367) and on the DNR Web site at