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Outdoors Notebook: Bemidji artist Bradley Hadrava wins 2023 Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp Contest

The Minnesota DNR uses revenue from trout and salmon stamps, which are required for anglers ages 18 to 64 who fish in designated trout water or possess trout, for trout and salmon management and habitat work.

Stamp Art
Bemidji artist Bradley Hadrava's winning 2023 Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp Contest entry features a lake trout and ciscoes.
Deborah Rose/Minnesota DNR
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Bemidji artist wins DNR stamp contest

ST. PAUL – Bemidji artist Bradley Hadrava is the winner of the 2023 Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp contest. Hadrava’s painting of a lake trout and cisco was selected from a field of 10 qualifying submissions. There was a tie for runner-up: Mark Pearce of Blaine won with a digital printing of a rainbow trout, and Josh Evan of Mapleton won with an acrylic painting of a brook trout.

Winning the Walleye Stamp Contest was Minneapolis artist Melissa Mickelson with an acrylic painting of a walleye. The walleye stamp contest had nine eligible submissions, and the runner-up was Stephen Hamrick of Lakeville with an acrylic/colored pencil submission of a walleye. Third place went to Thomas Kutschied of Longville with an oil painting of a walleye.

Both contests happened virtually on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Known as “Aulneau Jack” to some, Wollack made a solo canoe trip around the Aulneau Peninsula on the Ontario side of Lake of the Woods when he was 75 years old.

The Minnesota DNR uses revenue from trout and salmon stamps, which are required for anglers ages 18 to 64 who fish in designated trout water or possess trout, for trout and salmon management and habitat work. Revenue from the voluntary purchase of walleye stamps is used to purchase walleye for stocking in Minnesota’s lakes.


  • More info: mndnr.gov/Stamps.

– Herald staff report

Talk deer management with DNR staff on Aug. 25

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota DNR invites the public to talk with DNR staff about deer from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. On that day, wildlife managers throughout the state will be available to discuss deer-related topics in local area offices or by phone.

“Although DNR staff are always available and happy to talk with members of the public throughout the year, we’re setting these office hours to specifically invite conversation about deer management,” Barb Keller, the DNR’s big game program leader, said in a statement. “Phone lines will also be open and we’re looking forward to taking your calls.”

People who would like to participate should visit the deer open house webpage at mndnr.gov/Mammals/Deer/Management/Deer-Open-Houses.html to find the list of area offices and telephone numbers for their area wildlife manager.

Area managers always welcome calls from the public, so people who can’t call during the dedicated time are encouraged to do so at their convenience.

The DNR began its deer open houses in 2018 with the release of the statewide deer management plan (mndnr.gov/DeerPlan) and has continued them as a way to encourage discussions about deer and deer management, enhance local relationships and foster two-way communication between the DNR and the public.

– Herald staff report


Concurrent-season deer tags going fast

BISMARCK – North Dakota hunters can purchase remaining concurrent-season deer licenses on the Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. There is no limit on the number of concurrent-season licenses a hunter can purchase.

As of Thursday morning, Aug. 18, the only licenses remaining were in unit 3F2, where 590 antlerless whitetail tags were available.

Concurrent-season licenses can be used during the archery season with a bow; deer gun season with a bow, rifle or muzzleloader; or during the muzzleloader season with a muzzleloader. However, youth hunters who will still be younger than 14 at the end of the calendar year will be issued a concurrent-season license for archery only.

Hunters with concurrent-season licenses are restricted to the type of antlerless deer printed on the license and must stay in the unit in which the license is assigned.

– Herald staff report

NDGF offers equipment registration reminder

BISMARCK – Hunters, trappers and anglers in North Dakota must display an equipment registration number, or their name, address and telephone number, on all equipment requiring identification, the Game and Fish Department said in a reminder.

In addition, written permission is required from the owner of the property, or a person authorized by the owner, to install camera or video equipment on private property. The equipment also must be identified.

While on state wildlife management areas, identification is required on items such as ground blinds, tree stands, cameras and traps.


Identification must be attached to cable devices set on either private or public land, and on fish houses left unattended on the ice.

Owners can generate an equipment registration number by visiting the “Buy and Apply” section of the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov. One registration number will be issued that can be used on all equipment requiring identification.

The equipment registration number does not expire.

– Herald staff report

Did you know?

  • Ducks Unlimited has teamed up with guides, outfitters and resorts across the country to offer a national trip auction that launched at 10 a.m. Thursday. Available for purchase to winning bidders are 180 hunts, vacations, fishing excursions, golf trips and other experiences. More info: https://ducks.org/nta .
  • The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit has announced its 2023 tournament schedule for the following destinations, pending permit approvals from various state agencies: March 17-18, Illinois River, Spring Valley, Ill.; April 21-22, Lake Erie and the Detroit River, Monroe, Mich.; May 5-6, Mississippi River, Red Wing, Minn.; June 16-17, Lake Erie, Ohio, Cleveland area; July 21-22, Green Bay, Oconto, Wis.; Aug. 25-26, Lake Francis Case, Wagner, S.D.; and Sept. 15-16 Cass Lake, Minn. In addition, the 2023 World Walleye Championship for 2022-season qualifiers is set for Oct. 5-7 on Lake Sharpe, Pierre, S.D.; and the 2024 championship for 2023 qualifiers will be on Lake Huron out of Alpena, Mich.

– compiled by Brad Dokken

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