James Haut­man wins his 5th Fed­eral Duck Stamp con­test

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James Haut­man, an artist from Chaska, Minn., is the win­ner of the 2016 Fed­eral Duck Stamp Art Con­test. The an­nounce­ment was made Satur­day, Sept. 10, by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice Deputy Di­rec­tor Steve Guertin at the an­nual con­test, held at the Acad­emy of Nat­u­ral Sci­ences in Philadelphia.

Haut­man’s acrylic paint­ing of Canada geese will be made into the 2017-2018 Fed­eral Mi­gra­tory Bird Hunt­ing and Con­ser­va­tion Stamp, or “Duck Stamp,” which will go on sale in late June 2017. This is Haut­man’s fifth Fed­eral Duck Stamp Con­test win, ty­ing him with his brother Joseph, whose art ap­pears on the 2016-2017 Fed­eral Duck Stamp.

James Haut­man’s art pre­vi­ously ap­peared on the 1991-1992, 1995-1996, 19992000 and 2011-2012 Fed­eral Duck Stamps.

Fed­eral Duck Stamp sales raise about $25 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. Re­bekah Knight of Ap­ple­ton City, Mo., placed se­cond with her acrylic paint­ing of a sin­gle brant. Knight pre­vi­ously won the Na­tional Ju­nior Duck Stamp Con­test; her red­head ap­peared on the 2006-2007 Ju­nior Duck Stamp.

The third-place win­ner is Robert Haut­man of De­lano, Minn., with his acrylic paint­ing of a pair of Canada geese. Haut­man, brother of James and Joseph, pre­vi­ously won the 1997-1998 and 2001-2002 con­tests.

Of 152 en­tries in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, eight made it to the fi­nal round of judg­ing. El­i­gi­ble species for this year’s Fed­eral Duck Stamp Con­test were the Canada goose, brant, north­ern shov­eler, red-breasted mer­ganser and Steller’s ei­der.

The judges for this year’s Fed­eral Duck Stamp Con­test were: Jan Martin McGuire, an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned wildlife artist; Keith Rus­sell, pro­gram man­ager for ur­ban con­ser­va­tion with Audubon Penn­syl­va­nia; Dr. Nathan H. Rice, Or­nithol­ogy Col­lec­tion Man­ager at the Acad­emy of Nat­u­ral Sci­ences; John P. Booth, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ned Smith Cen­ter for Na­ture and Art; and Sue deLearie Adair, an artist, birder and avid nat­u­ral­ist.

COURTESY U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SER­VICE

Canada Geese, by James Haut­man, won the 2016 Fed­eral Duck Stamp art con­test.

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