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Hautman Brothers sweep Federal Duck Stamp Contest 1-2-3

Licensed artists, the Hautman Brothers; Joseph, Robert and James, accomplished an unprecedented podium sweep, taking first, second and third place in the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Competition, announced September 19, 2015 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. As the winner of what is often called the “Olympics of wildlife art,” Joseph Hautman’s painting of a pair of soaring Trumpeter Swans will grace the 2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp, which goes on sale next summer.

The cornerstone of one of the world’s most successful conservation programs, and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, well over 1,000,000 of the $25 stamps are sold to hunters, birders, and fans, raising over $25 million each year toward conserving wetland habitats. Joe's design was chosen from among 157 entries by artists from around the country.  “I congratulate Joseph Hautman on his win and the entire Hautman family on their artistic talent,” said Jerome Ford, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Assistant Director.

The Hautman Brothers, represented by MHS Licensing, have over 65 licensees in products ranging from greeting cards to furniture.  They have long established themselves as America’s foremost family of wildlife artists, parlaying that reputation into a highly successful licensing program.

In addition to hundreds of products, the three brothers have seen their art featured on over 50 state and federal conservation stamps including 11 Federal Duck Stamps over the past 25 years; an amazing feat considering all winners of the duck stamp contest must sit out the following three years. Joe has now won it five times, Jim four and Bob twice.  They are so dominant in what is considered the ultimate prize in wildlife art that their talents were noted in a subplot of the Oscar-winning movie Fargo.

MHS Licensing is one of the nation’s leading licensing and consulting agencies specializing in representing popular artists and advising manufacturers in the search, evaluation and acquisition of new properties and personalities. For more information on the Hautman Brothers as well as the other properties MHS Licensing represent, visit them anytime online at

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