Stevens Point student wins trout stamp contests

MADISON, WI - Sixteen-year-old Taylor Konczal has landed an important place in Wisconsin's conservation history and reeled in two big fish at the same time. The Stevens Point Area Senior High student won Wisconsin's first ever youth trout stamp contests and her designs will be featured on both the Inland and the Great Lakes stamps for 2018.
"It's our first youth contest and we're very pleased with Taylor's great designs," says Joanna Griffin, trout team coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources. "Anglers and others will love to add them to their collection."
Konczal, a junior this fall at SPASH, received a telephone call from Griffin notifying her of her winning entries while she was up north visiting with her cousins.
"They are all outdoorsmen and were impressed with the news!" she said. "I'm very thankful to win both (contests). "It's incredibly exciting."
While she has excelled at art since kindergarten, the trout stamp contests were the first formal art contests she's entered, according to parents, Mike and Tammy. Mike Konczal learned of the contests through business associates who had seen some of Taylor's previous work and recommended she enter. Her parents and art teachers encouraged her to enter as well.
Konczal, who fishes now and then with her brother Cade, 14, and with her parents, studied photos of Wisconsin inland and Great Lakes trout for inspiration and bounced her ideas off her family.
"I incorporated as much detail into the designs as I could," she said. "I hope when people look at my designs they can relate to them on some level or maybe be inspired to get outside and enjoy some of the great trout fishing opportunities Wisconsin has to offer."
Konczal is looking forward to taking additional advanced drawing and painting classes this fall and has considered using her skills as either a professional or as a freelance artist.
"I am not sure what the future holds, but I will definitely be spending more time on the water," she said.
Alex Synol of Gillett was runner-up in the Great Lakes trout and salmon stamp contest. The winning and runner-up designs are featured on the trout stamp contest page of the DNR website.
People who have purchased inland trout or Great Lakes trout stamp privileges with their current or previous year fishing license can obtain the actual collector stamp by requesting the stamp online or visiting a DNR Service Center during their scheduled counter service hours. People interested in the stamps for their collections, (not the fishing privileges), can order them by mail at the cost of the stamp(s) plus $3 for shipping and handling or purchase the stamps at a DNR Service Center.
More information is available on the Wildlife and Fish Collector Stamp page of the DNR website.
The youth trout stamp contest for students in grades 9-12 will next return for the 2020 stamp year. DNR plans to alternate the youth contest with its traditional stamp contests, which are open to artists 18 and older.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2018 pheasant stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp from Tuesday, Sept. 5, to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.
The pheasant stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and is required for pheasant hunters ages 18 to 64. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers can receive the validation as well as the pictorial stamp in the mail. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to pheasant management and habitat work.
The ring-necked pheasant must be the primary focus of the design, though other species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interactions between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota’s pheasant range.
Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists may issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds.
Final judging is open to the public and will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. The public is welcome to come and view the winning design 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 22.
For more information on stamp contests, guidelines for submitting work, and to sign up to receive regular email updates on stamp contests, visit mndnr.gov/stamps. Contest guidelines also are available from the DNR Information Center by calling 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

Public shooting opportunities coming to Wisconsin ranges

MADISON, WI - Thirteen private shooting ranges in southern Wisconsin are offering public-access hours under terms of public grants the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently awarded to fund facility improvements.
The Shooting Range Grant Program allows ranges to apply for federal funds generated by excise tax and various firearm and hunting equipment and to use these funds for range-related projects, according to John Motoviloff, DNR shooting sports specialist. Successful applicants are eligible to have a percentage of their costs reimbursed--up to 50 percent for private ranges and up to 75 percent for public ranges.
Motoviloff said the ranges receiving grants, worth a total of $340,000, are:
Izaak Walton League of Fond du Lac; North Bristol Sportsmen's Club; Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet; Wisconsin Trapshooters Association; Iola Conservation Club; Cassville Conservation Club; Door County Rod & Gun; Wausau Rod & Gun Club; Wern Valley; Osceola Rod & Gun; Brill Area Sportsmen's Club; Fishbowl United Sportsmen's Club; and, Hudson Rod & Gun.
"This opens up shooting access for those living in the southeast counties." Motoviloff said, "That is where Wisconsin is most densely populated, but has limited public opportunities."
Publicly owned ranges may apply for these grants on an annual basis. Privately owned ranges may apply every two years, with Sept. 15, 2018, being the next deadline.
Here are the ways the ranges plan to use the funds:
* Izaak Walton League of Fond du Lac: Build an indoor range.
* North Bristol Sportsmen's Club: Replace trap houses and build a storage facility.
* Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet: Build shooting shelters and install additional trap machines.
* Wisconsin Trap Shooters Association: Install outdoor lighting that will extend shooting hours.
* Iola Conservation Club: Install new safety fencing.
* Cassville Conservation Club: Install new Wobble Trap machines
* Door County Rod & Gun: Make facilities weatherproof and handicapped-accessible.
* Wausau Rod and Gun Club: Replace old trap houses.
* Wern Valley: Install additional new trap machines.
* Osceola Rod and Gun Club: Install a voice-activated trap machine and build shooting shelters.
* Hudson Rod, Gun, & Archery: Replace trap machines, rebuild shooting structures and increase electrical capacity.
* Brill Area Sportsmen's Club: Build berms.
* Fishbowl United Sportsmen's Club: Build a roof over the 100-yard range.
To learn about other public shooting opportunities in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov and search "Shooting Ranges."

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR


Outdoor skills workshop for women scheduled

Women who want to learn outdoor skills with other women still have time to sign up for a three-day workshop set for Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Deep Portage Learning Center in central Minnesota.
The weekend workshop, offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, includes classes on shooting, archery, bowhunting and more.
“Autumn is great time to come together, enjoy nature and develop new skills in a friendly and supportive environment,” said Linda Bylander, BOW coordinator. “Deep Portage is an ideal place for this because of its great mix of classrooms, a rock climbing wall, safe shooting ranges and more.”
Also offered at the workshop are classes on finding and cooking wild mushrooms, birding, pine basket making, Dutch oven cooking, orienteering, rock climbing, dressing for the outdoors, walking stick-making and beekeeping.
“Minnesota’s outdoors has so much to offer, and learning new ways to enjoy it is truly empowering and can lead to a more personally rewarding and healthy lifestyle,” Bylander said.
The workshop is designed largely for women ages 18 and up, but girls ages 14 to 17 are welcome to attend with parents or guardians. Visit mndnr.gov/bow for more information and to register.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

County Deer Advisory Council meetings scheduled

MADISON, WI - Beginning Aug. 21, County Deer Advisory Councils will review deer population data and other key information in order to develop preliminary three-year population objectives within their counties.
Council meetings will also discuss potential changes to Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries. Each CDAC meeting is open to the public - meetings are currently being scheduled and will be available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "CDAC."
"Setting population objectives and reviewing DMU boundaries are discussions that occur only every three years," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR CDAC coordinator. "These meetings and the resulting recommendations set the stage for the number of antlerless permits and the season structures that are used in each county for the next three year period. As a result, it is important that the hunters from each county will attend and provide their input as they will be impacted for the next several years based on the results of these meetings."
August CDAC meetings will develop preliminary recommendations, and a public feedback period in mid-September will include an online survey. Councils will reconvene in October to determine final deer season recommendations in each county. Final population objectives and DMU boundaries will be determined at the December 2017 Natural Resources Board meeting based on the information received through this public involvement process.
Councils will accept public comments prior to forming both preliminary and final recommendations. The public is encouraged to attend and provide feedback at any CDAC meeting or send comments to CDAC members - a contact list for each council and other helpful information is available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "CDAC." For additional information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR


Stillwater artist wins trout, salmon stamp contest

Stillwater artist Nicholas Markell has won the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brown trout.
The painting was selected by judges from among 14 submissions for the annual contest.
Markell is now a two-time winner of the trout stamp contest, having previously won in 2012. Four entries advanced to the final stage of judging during the contest Aug. 3 at the DNR Central Office in St. Paul. Other finalists were Scott Wenner, second place; Ted Hansen, third place; and Richard Goodkind, fourth place.
The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. The following species will be eligible for the 2019 stamp: rainbow, brook, splake and lake trout, coho, pink, chinook and Atlantic salmon. Brown trout designs will not be eligible for the 2019 stamp.
The trout and salmon stamp validation is sold for $10 along with fishing licenses and is required for Minnesota residents age 18 to 64 and nonresidents older than age 18 and under age 65 to fish designated trout streams, trout lakes and Lake Superior and when in possession of trout or salmon. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers can receive the validation as well as the pictorial stamp in the mail. It also is sold as a collectible.
Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to trout and salmon management and habitat work. For more information on trout fishing license requirements, visit mndnr.gov/fishmn/trout.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

Artists can submit designs for waterfowl stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest from Monday, Aug. 21, through 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1.
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.
The white-winged scoter is the only eligible species for depiction on the 2018 waterfowl stamp.
Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place Thursday, Sept. 7, at DNR headquarters in St. Paul.
To see more information on stamp contests, guidelines for submitting work, and to sign up to receive regular email updates on the stamp contests, visit mndnr.gov/stamps. Contest guidelines are also available from the DNR Information Center by calling 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR