DNR news releases, Oct. 2, 2014

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MINNESOTA DNR NEWS #74                                                                                         Oct. 2, 2014
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Worthington to host 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener
Hamrick wins again in 2015 pheasant stamp competition



Worthington to host 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

The southwestern Minnesota city of Worthington will host the 2014 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener on Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11. 

“This event will showcase the Worthington area as a hunting community,” said Scott Rall, a member of the event committee. “We appreciate the impact hunters have on our economy and have worked hard to build great public hunting in the area.” 

Rall pointed out that there are 12,900 acres of public hunting land within 20 miles of Worthington.  “We are very hunter friendly,” he said.  “It’s part of who we are and what we do.”  

This is the fourth annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, initiated by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011. Previous host communities were Montevideo, Marshall and Madelia. Dayton will lead the event, which highlights the many hunting, recreational, travel and local opportunities that host communities have to offer visitors. The public is also invited to take part in some of the activities throughout the weekend.

The event is being coordinated by Explore Minnesota Tourism, the Department of Natural Resources, the Worthington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Nobles County Pheasants Forever. 

Worthington has a population of 12,764. It is located at the intersection of Interstate 90 and state Highway 60.  For more information, visit www.worthingtonmnchamber.com/area-hunting-fishing or https://www.facebook.com/events/336598136498771/.



DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       Oct. 2, 2014

Hamrick wins again in 2015 pheasant stamp competition

A painting by Stephen Hamrick of Lakeville was chosen as the winning design from among 16 entries in the 2015 pheasant habitat stamp contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Nine entries advanced to the second stage of judging, from which the five-member panel of judges selected six finalists. Nicholas Markell of Hugo took second place and Dean Kegler of Duluth took third.

Hamrick has been a prolific winner of Minnesota stamp contests. Hamrick also won the pheasant stamp contest in 2003, along with the 2014 turkey stamp contest, the 2012 duck stamp and is a four-time winner of the trout and salmon stamp contest.

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 2015 pheasant stamp will be available for sale in March.


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