King Buck, a black Labrador retriever, was the only dog ever featured on a federal duck stamp. He appeared on the stamp in a watercolor painting by Maynard Reece, the most prolific duck-stamp artist of all time. In , Reece learned officials with the Federal Duck Stamp Competition were encouraging artists to enter designs featuring a retrieving dog. It had been eight years since Reece won his second duck-stamp competition. He wanted to try again. While doing research, he stopped at Nilo Kennels near Brighton, IL, and there he found the ideal subject — a retired hunting dog named King Buck. King Buck was born with seven littermates in Iowa on April 3, Unfortunately, the pup caught distemper. Howard took it into his home and placed it in a basket by a furnace.
They were born on the same day, 34 years apart. Which considering the way things turned out, seems like something more than a simple coincidence. The black Labrador retriever was whelped on April 3, , in Storm Lake, Iowa, on a blustery night with the first scent of spring on the wind. There were eight pups in the litter, five males and three females. By early fall, all eight had been sold.
A champion retriever
There were five males and three females in the litter and they were born in good season, for by the time they were weaned and their obedience work begun it was early June and the entire summer lay ahead. He took advantage of a blazing July to introduce the puppies to water, working them in a spring-filled gravel pit several times a week, usually in the cool of evening. They went for water as only young Labs can, and although none was outstanding all showed early promise as good gun dogs. Neither Cadwell nor Quinn kept any of the pups. All were sold in early fall when they were about six months old. At least two of the females stayed in Iowa. The two remaining male pups were sold to E. Both young Labs were shipped to Council Bluffs where they were delivered to their new owners and taken to a well-known Omaha kennel for a few days.
Images not showing. Use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions stated in the Terms and Conditions page. His name prophesied his triumph as a retriever.