An acrylic painting of two tom turkeys by Stephen Hamrick of Lakeville has won the 2014 Minnesota wild turkey stamp contest.
This year’s contest, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), was conducted in conjunction with the National Wild Turkey Federation’s annual convention in Alexandria. Fourteen artists submitted entries.
The selection of Hamrick’s painting marks the second time he has won the annual turkey stamp contest. He previously won in 2004.
Nicholas Markell of Hugo placed second. Micha Hanson of Nodine placed third.
An artist whose work is selected for a Minnesota fish or wildlife stamp receives no compensation but does retain reproduction and marketing rights.
Minnesota has offered a wild turkey hunting season since 1978. The state’s wild turkey population, once limited to southeastern Minnesota, now exists in suitable habitat throughout the state as a result of research, management and habitat efforts.