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Joseph Hautman’s acrylic painting of a single wood duck will be made into the 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Duck stamp artist wins for fourth time

November 02, 2011 at 09:20 AM

Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minn. has been named the winner of the 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Contest for the fourth time.

His artwork, an acrylic painting of a single wood duck, will be made into the 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale in July 2012.

Hautman has been participating in the Federal Duck Stamp Competition since 1989.

His art previously appeared on the 1992-1993, 2002-2003 and 2008-2009 Federal Duck Stamps.

Hautman’s brother Bob has won the Federal Duck Stamp twice previously, in 1996 and 2000. 

Their brother Jim is the current Federal Duck Stamp artist, having won the 2010 contest and three previous contests. 

Among them, the three brothers have won the contest 10 times. 

This year’s contest took place at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W. Va.

A panel of judges chose Hautman from a pool of 190 entries.

Eligible species for this year’s Federal Duck Stamp Contest were the blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, gadwall, mallard and wood duck.

About Duck Stamps:

Waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required to purchase and carry the current Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting Stamp – commonly known as the Duck Stamp.

Conservationists, stamp collectors and others must also purchase the stamp in support of habitat conservation.

Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from the $15 Duck Stamp go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which supports the purchase of acres of wetlands for inclusion into the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Since 1934, sales of Federal Duck Stamps have helped to purchase nearly six million acres of wildlife habitat for the Refuge System. 

To date, Duck Stamp funds have been used to acquire habitat at hundreds of refuges in nearly every state.
 
There are 555 national wildlife refuges spread across all 50 states and U.S. territories. 

A current Duck Stamp may also be used for free admission to any national wildlife refuge open to the public.

Refuges offer unparalleled recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing, bird watching and photography.

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service