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.
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.
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:
- 21,136 acres at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
- 11,799 acres at Leopold Wetland Management District
- 7,435 arces at St. Croix Wetland Management District
- 597 acres at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
- 262 acres at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
Four artists from Wisconsin have won the contest:
- Arthur G. Anderson: 1987-1988 stamp
- Martin R. Murk: 1977-1978 stamp
- Owen J. Gromme: 1945-1946 stamp
- Walter E. Bohl: 1943-1944 stamp
News Releases & Feature Stories
- Minnesota artist Bob Hautman wins 2017 Federal Duck Stamp contest - September 16, 2017
- Annual Federal Duck Stamp Contest Being Held At UW-Stevens Point - September 13, 2017
- Media Invited to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point - September 12, 2017 (PDF)
- Duck Stamp dollars play vital role in Wisconsin conservation - September 6, 2017
- Premier wildlife art contest coming to UW-Stevens Point - August 31, 2017 (PDF)
- Art student takes flight with Duck Stamp Contest exhibit - August 25, 2017
- UW-Stevens Point will be center of waterfowl world from Sept. 15-16 - August 19, 2107
- The Federal Duck Stamp – A storied history begins a new chapter - August 16, 2017
- 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition to be held at UW-Stevens Point - December 12, 2016
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