The Hautmans • DU Films
Ducks Unlimited’s film joins the Hautman brothers on a special waterfowling trip to North Dakota. Joe, Jim and Bob Hautman are renowned wildlife artists and perennial winners of the federal duck stamp contest.
“The great thing about hunting in North Dakota mainly is not just the beauty of the landscape but there’s so many ducks there and so many different species,” said Jim Hautman. “So for us to be able to hunt the prairies is a real treat.”
Waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older are required to buy federal duck stamps. Revenue from this program is used to conserve habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. While hunting in the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region, the brothers saw the results of the duck stamp program on the landscape.
“It’s a great feeling to see the Prairie Pothole Region and then you see a sign with ‘Raised by Duck Stamp Dollars’ and it really makes you feel good to know that your artwork helped in preserving some of this land,” said Bob Hautman.
Every year, artists from across the country submit paintings to be judged for potential use on the duck stamp. Contestants are judged on the quality of their art and how well they illustrate a specific theme.
“It’s just an extra bonus on top. We love to paint, and we love to paint wildlife,” said Joe Hautman. “And then to have it be used as a part of a program that’s such a benefit to wildlife and to all the people that use it, it’s just really satisfying to see how much can be made out of a little painting.”
Up Next in Season 2
Lake Mattamuskeet • DU Films
In Ducks Unlimited’s film “Lake Mattamuskeet,” the DU Films crew visits the Farley family in North Carolina, where they have been hunting and conserving habitat for decades.
Since he was seven years old, DU Biologist Ed Farley has hunted with his father, John B. Farley; his grandfather, John R...
The Golden Mile • DU Films
Ducks Unlimited’s “The Golden Mile” explores a unique relationship between two friends who hunt the wetlands and uplands of Nebraska and share a passion for conservation.
Ryan Brentzel and Jordan Leasure met in high school and bonded through their shared love of hunting and fishing. After scho...
Kodiak, Alaska • DU Films
In Ducks Unlimited's film “Kodiak, Alaska,” a group of friends experience the waterfowl hunt of a lifetime in the vast northern landscapes of the last frontier.
“Alaska is so beautiful and majestic,” said Kirk Kaiser. “Bringing in guys who have never been to Alaska is awesome just to watch the...