2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest Midwest Region

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James Hautman of Minnesota won the 2016 Duck Stamp contest with his acrylic painting of three Canada geese.
James Hautman of Minnesota won the 2016 Duck Stamp contest with his acrylic painting of three Canada geese.

The 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest – the most prestigious federally-sponsored art contest in the nation – was held Sept. 15-16, 2017, at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point! A panel of five judges selected the artwork to appear on the 2018-2019 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, also known as the Duck Stamp.

Duck Stamps are vital tools for wetland conservation. Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Learn more about Duck Stamps and conservation »

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Artwork was on display starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15. Viewing of the artwork and judging is free and open to the public.

See the event schedule, maps, extra activities and more »

Wisconsin Ties

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.

The Federal Duck Stamp Program is one of the most successful conservation programs in our nation’s history, and has generated more than $950 million to help protect and conserve more than 6 million acres of wetlands and grasslands for wildlife habitat.

Wisconsin is a major contributor to Duck Stamp revenue, ranking in the top five for number of waterfowl hunters across the country. Thanks to your Duck Stamp purchase, the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund has helped purchase or protect these lands in Wisconsin:

Four artists from Wisconsin have won the contest:

News Releases & Feature Stories

Mallard drake in flight. Photo by Krista Lundgren/USFWS.
Mallard drake in flight. Photo by Krista Lundgren/USFWS.

Additional Resources

2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest Entries

Gallery of Contest Entries

2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest Media Resources

Event Photos

Duck Stamp Infographic (PDF)

Duck Stamp Infographic
(1MB PDF)

Media Contacts

Vanessa Kauffman
Office: 703-358-2138
Cell: 571-319-6342
Vanessa_Kauffman@fws.gov

Rachel F. Levin (available onsite)
Office: 703-358-2405
Cell: 703-298-9256
Rachel_Levin@fws.gov

Tim Patronski (available onsite)
Office: 612-713-5108
Cell: 612-418-9148
Tim_Patronski@fws.gov

Larry Dean (available onsite)
Office: 612-713-5312
Cell: 651-206-2015
Larry_Dean@fws.gov