Plates Issued: Intaglio (front) - #196441 - Black and Blue; Offset - #72996 - front, Process Magenta, #72997 - front, Process Yellow, #72998 - front, Process Cyan, #72995 - front, Process Black; Nyloprint - (back) Black. Color: Front - Black, Cyan, Yellow, Magenta. Designer/Modeler: Peter Cocci. Engraver: Vignette - Thomas Hipschen; Frame - N/A; Letters - Gary Slaght; Numerals - N/A. First Day of Sale: June 21, 1997 (McLean, Virginia only) July 1, 1997 (Nationwide). Issue: 1997 - Sixty-forth Duck Stamp (seventh $15.00 stamp). Quantity Sold: 1,697,230.
Inscription: Front - "U.S. Department of the Interior. Void after June 30, 1998. Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. $15. Canada Goose." Back - "Invest in America's Future. Buy Duck Stamps. Save Wetlands. Send in or report all bird bands to 1-800-327-BAND. It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl or use this stamp as a pass to a National Wildlife Refuge unless you sign your name in ink on the face of this stamp."
Robert (Bob) Hautman
Acrylic painting of a Canada Goose standing on reeds by a Minnesota lake with feathers ruffling in the wind and sun by Robert (Bob) Hautman, 205 N. Union Terrace Lane, Plymouth, MN 55441.
Robert (Bob) Hautman's outstanding achievements also include the 1995 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp, the 1992 and 1993 Minnesota State Duck Stamp, and the 1989 Nevada State Duck Stamp. Other honors include the Ducks Unlimited Flyway artist in 1996 and the featured artist at the prestigious Michigan Wildlife art show in 1990. As the third Hautman brother to win the Federal Duck Stamp Competition, Bob was also the second place winner in the 1994 contest when his brother Jim won with a pair of mallards depicted on the 1995 stamp.