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The Hautman Brothers' dominance continues...

Robert Hautman wins the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

Robert Hautman, nationally recognized wildlife artist, took top honors at the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp contest held September 16 in Wisconsin. It’s his third win of this prestigious contest, often referred to as the Olympics of wildlife art.

Robert’s painting of a pair of mallards bested 216 other national entries. His brothers James and Joseph Hautman have each won the contest five times bringing the total Hautman Brothers wins to 13 in the last 29 years, an unprecedented accomplishment.

The Federal Duck stamp is the cornerstone of one of the world’s most successful conservation programs and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; roughly $40 million is raised each year toward conserving wetland habitats.

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.

The Hautman Brothers 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. Both the book The Wild Duck Chase and documentary Million Dollar Duck which aired on the Animal Planet, prominently feature the Hautman Brothers while they explore the unique world of competitive duck painting.

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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