Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Blaze Orange: Whitetail Deer Hunting in Wisconsin
By Travis Dewitz
144 pages, 129 color photos, 8 x 9 E-Book Edition AvailableBuy
In "Blaze Orange," photographer Travis Dewitz captures the joy, excitement, and camaraderie of deer hunting in Wisconsin. A lone hunter in a tree stand as dawn arrives. A girl and her grandfather scanning a field in the fresh snow. Tired hunters laughing around the evening fire back at camp. These are snapshots of a cultural touchstone.
With more than 600,000 hunters taking to the fields and woods of the state each year, the whitetail deer season is by far Wisconsin's largest sporting event. Dewitz's evocative photos document the hunt and more as he rides along with hunters and a game warden, visits local mom-and-pop stores where hunters gather, and records the industries that operate alongside the deer season--a taxidermist and knife maker, butchers and sausage makers. The result is a stunning and keen-eyed chronicle of one season of the Wisconsin deer hunt.
"When Photographer Travis Dewitz set out to capture the essence of Wisconsin deer hunting in pictures, he took on an extraordinarily ambitious challenge. From blaze orange hung on the clothesline, to the patient expectations of first light, to bucks hanging heavy on the meat pole, Blaze Orange delivers what words often cannot, the true feeling of the Wisconsin deer season."—Bob Willging, author of History Afield: Stories of the Golden Age of Wisconsin Sporting Life and On the Hunt: The History of Deer Hunting in Wisconsin