Minnesota wildlife artist Scot Storm says one of the most rewarding parts of his career is traveling to special places in the outdoors to help recreate sportsmen’s memories in his acrylic paintings. It was in a similar fashion that the lifelong waterfowler turned to his own sporting memories to create a piece of work that shows a drake wood duck slipping in front of a Mason wood-body decoy. This past September that painting won the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, in Las Vegas.
Storm’s painting was chosen from more than 150 entries by a panel of five judges and will grace the 2019-’20 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, known as the “Duck Stamp.” The painting features one of the five waterfowl species that were eligible this year and meets a special criterion for 2018: to show a waterfowl hunting scene. The latter requirement was added to pay homage to the role sportsmen play in wildlife conservation—fitting, considering that sales of the Duck Stamp, which is required to hunt waterfowl in the US, have generated more than $1 billion for the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund since the 1930s. The fund is used to purchase or acquire conservation easements to protect critical waterfowl habitat.
This is the second Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest win for Storm, whose painting of a pair of redheads in flight over a North Dakota pothole was featured on the 2004-’05 stamp.