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Hautman Brothers place second and third in the 2020 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest

Second Place James Hautman

Second Place James Hautman

Third Place Joseph Hautman

Third Place Joseph Hautman

Licensees of the brothers know the awareness of the Hautman Brothers name and the consistent sell-through of their products.

Brothers honored to be a part of one of the world’s most successful conservation programs ever created!

The 2020 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest was held via livestream on September 25 & 26, 2020 at the Fish and Wildlife Service headquarters in Falls Church, VA. James Hautman, a 5-time contest winner, placed second with his acrylic painting of a flock of lesser scaup. Joseph Hautman, also a 5-time winner, took third place with his acrylic painting of a flock of lesser scaup. Robert Hautman, a 3-time contest winner, was not eligible due to contest rules for recent winners. Read more

The Federal Duck stamp is the cornerstone of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation efforts; roughly $40 million is raised each year toward conserving wetland habitats. Established in 1934, sales of the Duck Stamp to hunters, bird watchers, outdoor enthusiasts, and collectors have raised more than $1 billion and preserved over six million acres of land. Learn how to contribute

Represented by MHS Licensing & Consulting, the Hautman Brothers have over 60 licensees in products ranging from greeting cards to furniture. The nationally recognized wildlife artists and brothers have long established themselves as America’s foremost family of wildlife artists, parlaying that reputation into a highly successful licensing program. 

Licensees of the brothers know the awareness of the Hautman Brothers name and the consistent sell-through of their products. Their accomplishments in wildlife art is second to none, and their growing popularity will only serve to enhance the brand. 

The Hautman Brothers have each won the prestigious contest 13 times in the last 30 years, an unprecedented accomplishment considering winners of the contest are not eligible to participate the following 3 years – and why brother Robert Hautman was not eligible to enter this year’s contest.

The Hautman Brothers are so dominant in what is considered the “Olympics of wildlife art”, that their talents were noted in a subplot of the Oscar-winning movie Fargo. Both the book The Wild Duck Chase and the documentary The Million Dollar Duck prominently feature the Hautmans while exploring the unique world of competitive duck painting.

The brothers’ creations have been personally presented to the president in the Oval Office and are part of a permanent collection in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

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MHS Licensing & Consulting 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.

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