The Hautman Brothers have established themselves among America’s foremost wildlife artists. All three brothers have received numerous honors and awards, and have dominated many state and national duck stamp competitions. At last count, the three brothers have seen their art featured on over 50 state and federal stamps. James, Robert and Joe are the only brothers ever to win the coveted Federal Duck Stamp Contest. In fact they’ve won the prestigious award a total of 13 times over the past 26 years including an unprecedented podium sweep, taking first, second and third place in 2015.
The Hautmans 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. Additionally both the book The Wild Duck Chase as well as the documentary Million Dollar Duck which aired on The Animal Planet, prominently feature the Hautman Brothers while exploring the unique world of competitive duck painting; the cornerstone of one of the world’s most successful conservation programs which has generated nearly $800 million toward conserving wetland habitats.