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License stamp revenues contribute to conservation

When Minnesotans buy state hunting and fishing license stamps they are contributing directly to work that supports duck, pheasant, trout, wild turkey and walleye management.

Next year, when people purchase the 2012 walleye stamp, they will also be buying a piece of history. That's because the 2012 stamp was painted by John House, the Melby artist who now holds the distinction of being the only person to win all five of Minnesota's wildlife art stamp contests.

"Clearly, the 2012 walleye stamp has special meaning for me," said House, a full-time professional artist for more than 30 years. "It's rewarding to know that my art has been part of Minnesota fish and wildlife conservation for more than a decade."

Ed Boggess, DNR Fish and Wildlife Division director, said stamp sales represent an important part of the DNR's overall funding portfolio. These revenues, he said, fund habitat improvement projects related to the species they depict.