Bob Hautman Wins Federal Duck Stamp Contest
Third Win for Minnesota Artist
Bob Hautman, an artist from Delano, Minn., is the winner of the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made on Sept. 16 by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Principal Deputy Director Greg Sheehan at the annual competition, held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Hautman's acrylic painting of a pair of mallards will be made into the 2018-2019 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or "Duck Stamp," which will go on sale in late June 2018. This is Hautman's third Federal Duck Stamp Contest win. His art previously appeared on the 1997-1998 and 2001-2002 Federal Duck Stamps.
"I'm surprised but very happy," said Hautman, who was in the audience during the final judging and came to the stage to accept personal congratulations from Sheehan. "It's been a while."
The Service annually produces the Federal Duck Stamp, which sells for $25 and raises about $40 million each year to conserve and protect wetland habitats in the National Wildlife Refuge System for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people.
Greg Alexander of Ashland, Wis., placed second with his acrylic painting of a single cinnamon teal.
The third place winner is Christine Clayton of Sidney, Ohio, with her oil painting of a single blue-winged teal. Clayton previously won the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest; her northern pintails appeared on the 2012-2013 Junior Duck Stamp.