DNR Asks Students to Design 2018 Fish Stamps

Students in grades 9 through 12 who have artistic talent or just really like to fish will want to check out the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources inland trout stamp and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp design contests for the 2018 year stamps.

The 2018 stamp year contests aim to get a new generation hooked on Wisconsin’s world-class fishing traditions while highlighting fisheries management efforts that will benefit anglers for years to come.

“High school students in every part of our state have access to exceptional inland trout or Great Lakes salmon and trout fishing opportunities, so we’re hoping to get submissions from throughout Wisconsin,” said Justine Hasz, DNR’s fisheries bureau chief. “We think the work of these young artists will capture the true excitement of fishing and provide all of us with a fresh perspective on the natural beauty of our trout and salmon.”

Artwork for the 2018 inland trout stamp contest and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp contest must be received or postmarked by July 3, 2017. Students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 or the equivalent, attending public, homeschool, private or parochial schools in Wisconsin during the 2016-17 school year are eligible. Students can submit only one entry per contest, but may enter both the inland and Great Lakes contests.

Subject matter for the stamps must feature living species of salmon or trout commonly found in Wisconsin’s waters or appropriate subject matter relating to trout and salmon fishing. Artists are not limited in their choice of colors or medium, but the medium selected must be of permanent quality such as pen and ink, oil, watercolor etching or pencil.

In creating their works, artists are reminded to leave some open space in their design to accommodate Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources lettering.

Artists are urged to read all contest rules and submission requirements carefully. To learn more, visit and search “Trout Stamp Contest.” Entries will be accepted starting immediately. Questions may be directed to Joanna Griffin, DNR trout coordinator at [email protected] or 608.264.8953.

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