A new film — The Million Dollar Duck — gives us a chance to see the characters and back story involved today in one of America’s most long-lived stamp series: the federal duck stamp.
The 72-minute film debuted September 14 on the Animal Planet network. For those who missed it, the film will be rebroadcast at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, September 25. Also available on iTunes and Amazon.
The documentary focuses on the strange and wonderful world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the only juried, art competition run by the U.S. government, in this case, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
James Hautman, an artist from Chaska, Minn., is the winner of the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made today 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, 1999-2000 and 2011-2012 Federal Duck Stamps.