James Hautman Wins 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

James Hautman Wins 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

Minnesota artist wins the award for the fourth time

James Hautman, an artist from Chaska, Minnesota, has been named the winner of the 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, Calif., during the annual competition hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hautman has previously won the Duck Stamp three times, in 1989, 1994 and 1998.

//

Hautman's acrylic painting of a pair of white-fronted geese will be made into the 2011-2012 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale in late June 2011. The Service produces the Federal Duck Stamp, which sells for $15 and raises about $25 million each year to provide critical funds for conserving wetlands for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people.


Of 235 entries in this year's two-day competition, 11 entries made it through to the final round of judging. Robert Hautman, from Delano, Minnesota, placed second with his acrylic painting of white-fronted goose. Robert Hautman, a two-time previous Duck Stamp Contest winner, is the brother of James Hautman.


Kip Richmond of Apex, North Carolina, took third place with an acrylic painting of a pair of brant.

In the final round of judging, James and Robert Hautman's paintings were tied for first place. A tie-breaker vote was held to determine the winner.


"I'll tell you what, it just leaves you speechless," said James Hautman, who was in the auditorium as the judges voted his art the winner. "Even though I've won it before, it's tough to breathe sitting out there."


The Federal Duck Stamp Contest is the nation's oldest and most prestigious federal wildlife art competition in America. The Service is grateful to all the artists and other participants for their efforts to help support our nation's great outdoors.

"Once again, our panel of judges has chosen a beautiful work of art to grace our next Federal Duck Stamp," said Dan Ashe, Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "My sincerest congratulations to James on his astounding fourth contest win and to all of the artists who entered this year. By entering the Duck Stamp Contest you are all playing a role in supporting one of the world's most successful and effective conservation programs."

This year's five-judge panel included former California Secretary of Natural Resources Mike Chrisman; waterfowl biologist and professor John Eadie; wildlife artist Joe Garcia; retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Jerry Serie; and wildlife biologist and duck stamp expert Carlo Vecchiarelli. The alternate judge was Gary Kramer, an outdoor writer and photographer.

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 when they are hunting. Conservationists, stamp collectors and others must also purchase the stamp in support of habitat for birds and other wildlife.

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.

The cost of land acquisition continues to rise, resulting in reduced buying power for funds collected from stamp sales. The Service is proposing to increase the sale price of the Federal Duck Stamp from $15 to $25 beginning in Fiscal Year 2011 — the first price increase for the stamp since 1991. Increasing the price of a Federal Duck Stamp would bring an estimated $18 million to $23 million over revenues generated by the current $15 price, which would allow acquisition of approximately 7,000 additional waterfowl habitat areas in fee and approximately 10,000 additional conservation easement acres in 2011.

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 550 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 wildlife oriented recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing, bird watching and photography.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 6

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 6

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 6

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 12

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 12

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 12

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 8

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 8

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 8

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 14

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 14

Gun Dog: Shed Antler Training 14

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

From the 2019 SHOT Show, here are a several new upland shotguns that caught our attention. Shotguns & Ammo

New Upland Shotguns for 2019

Lynn Burkhead - January 28, 2019

From the 2019 SHOT Show, here are a several new upland shotguns that caught our attention.

Gun Dog Editors Pick Their Favorite Travel Crates and Kennels for 2017
Today's gun dogs ride in Accessories

11 Perfect Dog Crates and Kennels

Tony J. Peterson - October 09, 2017

Gun Dog Editors Pick Their Favorite Travel Crates and Kennels for 2017 Today's gun dogs ride in

In the market for a new upland shotgun? Here you'll find shotguns to fit every pocketbook and every style, from side-by-sides and over/unders to semi autos. Shotguns & Ammo

Best New Upland Shotguns

John Taylor - September 10, 2018

In the market for a new upland shotgun? Here you'll find shotguns to fit every pocketbook and...

A gun-shy dog is created, not born, and once the damage is done, gun-shyness can prove impossible to cure. Puppies

Introduce Your Pup To Gunfire The Right Way

Gun Dog Online Staff

A gun-shy dog is created, not born, and once the damage is done, gun-shyness can prove...

See More Trending Articles

More News

The bond between Missouri and England's Sir Peter Scott is long and strong. First there is a deep News

Remembering an Artistic Icon: Sir Peter Scott

Joel Vance - June 28, 2016

The bond between Missouri and England's Sir Peter Scott is long and strong. First there is a...

Let's face it: many of us love our dogs almost as much as our kids. So it makes perfect sense to News

Gun Dog Artists You Should Know

Chad Mason - April 28, 2014

Let's face it: many of us love our dogs almost as much as our kids. So it makes perfect sense...

During a shelter-in-place scenario, information and personal needs change quickly, and you have to be ready to adjust. The CDC is now recommending making and wearing homemade face masks. But where do you start? What materials do you need?  In this lesson, “Hollywood Weapons” host and former Green Beret Terry Schappert will show you how to get creative for protecting your face when it's necessary to go out in public.

Shelter in Place – How to Make Your Own Face Mask

Outdoor Channel Public Service Announcement - April 09, 2020

During a shelter-in-place scenario, information and personal needs change quickly, and you...

When under shelter-in-place orders and not going anywhere, your vehicle should be fueled and ready to go in case things change. In this lesson, “Hollywood Weapons” host and former Green Beret Terry Schappert shares some tips on how to prepare your car or truck for the next time you might need it.

Shelter in Place - Prepare Your Vehicle

Outdoor Channel Public Service Announcement - April 10, 2020

When under shelter-in-place orders and not going anywhere, your vehicle should be fueled and...

See More News

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Gun Dog subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now