Minnesotan Scot Storm wins second Federal Duck Stamp Contest
On Saturday, Sept. 15, a panel of five judges chose an acrylic painting of a wood duck and decoy by Scot Storm as the winner of the 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Contest.
This is the second contest win for Storm, an artist from Freeport, Minn., whose artwork previously appeared on the 2004-2005 stamp. Storm’s winning art will grace the 2019-2020 Federal Duck Stamp, which will raise tens of millions of dollars for habitat conservation after it goes on sale in June 2019. The stamp is required to hunt waterfowl in the United States.
Storm also painted the 2018 Outdoor News Print of the Year entitled “Scrape Line Monarch.” It features an autumn Minnesota landscape with white-tailed deer and is available for purchase at www.outdoornews.com/store
The 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Contest was held at the Springs Preserve, a municipal cultural and natural resources center in Las Vegas. Wisconsin-based artists Frank Mittlestadt of Beaver Dam and Greg Alexander of Ashland were second and third, respectively, in the annual event.
Astute readers likely will notice that none of the top three have the last name Hautman. The three Minnesota-based Hautman brothers, Bob, Jim, and Joe, were ineligible to enter the contest this year. The contest prevents past winners from re-entering for three years, and all three brothers have won the contest, one each of the past three years, thus making them ineligible for 2018. Joe Hautman, who won the 2016-2017 competition, will be able to enter the contest again next year for the 2020-2021 stamp.
To see a gallery of this year’s entries, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s duck stamp site here.