Native Americans and early European settlers, hunting
was a necessary means of survival. Today, a wide variety
of game animals are hunted mostly for sport, and the
whitetail deer is the most popular game animal in Wisconsin.
It became the official state wildlife animal in 1957.
Every year about 900,000 residents,
nearly one-sixth of the state’s population, hunt deer
with bow or gun. The number of licensed hunters in
Wisconsin is the third highest nationally and the
state often ranks first in the number of whitetails
harvested per year.
Lady Dorothy Knowles, Wisconsin, ca. 1968. WHS Visual
Materials Archives, WHi (X2) 20373