Minnesota hosts 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp home state event
Because Minnesotans keep winning the federal duck stamp contest, Minnesota regularly hosts the Federal Duck Stamp Home State Ceremony. That tradition continues on Saturday, July 14 with a ceremony and sporting clays shoot at the South St. Paul Rod and Gun Club.
Artists born or raised in Minnesota have now won the nationwide competition 26 times, and 18 times in the past 37 years. This year’s Federal Duck Stamp contest winner, Joe Hautman, hails from Plymouth, and has won the federal contest four times. He and his younger brothers Bob and Jim, have contributed significantly to the state’s wildlife art success. Between the three of them, they have won 10 of the past 23 federal contests. You can check out the Hautman Brothers’ art and their biographies via their website here.
The Artist’s Home State ceremony traditionally follows soon after the official annual release of the stamp (which occurred last week, on June 29). It is an opportunity to celebrate the achievement of the artist, to raise awareness of the Federal Duck Stamp Program, and to raise funds for the restoration of wetland habitat in the artist’s home state.
Proceeds from this 2012 home state event will be dedicated to wetland and grassland restoration on a federal Waterfowl Production Area adjacent to Pelican Lake in Wright County.
So get out there and shoot. You’ll be benefitting some prime waterfowl habitat in central Minnesota. The agenda for next Saturday is as follows: shooting events begin at 9 a.m. (start times vary from 9 to noon); followed by a 1 p.m. lunch and 1:30 p.m. Federal Duck Stamp Ceremony. At 2 p.m., Joe Hautman will then sign posters and stamps, which are available for purchase.
For more information on registering for the shoot, contact the South St. Paul Gun Club.
Images courtesy of USFWS