I was out of town Friday afternoon when the announcement was made, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has chosen Minnesota artist Joseph Hautman’s image of a pair of Northern pintails to be the 75th anniversary Federal Duck Stamp.
Joseph Hautman’s image depicts a male and female
pintail nestled among reeds and cattails.
The Plymouth, Minn., resident was also the winner in 1992 and 2002. Waterfowl painting must run in the family, since his brothers, Bob and Jim,
also are multiple federal duck stamp winners.
Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from the $15 stamp go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which supports the acquisition of wetland and associated upland habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System, according to a FWS news release.
The contest for next year is under way. Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service chooses five species any which of one may be painted. This year’s species are: Brant, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy duck, Canada goose and Long-tailed duck, according to the WSFWS. All artwork must be postmarked no later than midnight Aug. 15.