On the Hunt: The History of Deer Hunting in Wisconsin

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On the Hunt is the story of deer-hunting in Wisconsin, from the spear-throwing Paleo-Indians to the sportsmen of today. Meticulously researched by one of the state's most prolific outdoor writers, On the Hunt covers subsistence and sport hunting, deer camps, changing deer management policies, and recent developments and controversies, from human encroachment on deer habitat to CWD. Range maps and charts tracking annual herd populations and harvest goals complement Willging's engaging storytelling. Drawing from ...

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Overview

On the Hunt is the story of deer-hunting in Wisconsin, from the spear-throwing Paleo-Indians to the sportsmen of today. Meticulously researched by one of the state's most prolific outdoor writers, On the Hunt covers subsistence and sport hunting, deer camps, changing deer management policies, and recent developments and controversies, from human encroachment on deer habitat to CWD. Range maps and charts tracking annual herd populations and harvest goals complement Willging's engaging storytelling. Drawing from Department of Conservation papers, hunting magazines, newspapers, historic photos of classic deer camps, and the personal stories of hunters and deer managers, On the Hunt offers a fascinating glimpse into a distant and not-so-distant past, when the hunt joined men in almost mythical unity and bucks were seemingly larger than life.

 

An ardent sportsman with nearly 25 years of hunting experience, Willging understands that deer-hunting is as much about the smell of the woods in autumn and the meticulous cleaning of a fine rifle as it is about bringing home a whitetail. His story of how Wisconsin's own World War II flying ace, Richard Bong, squeezed in a few days of hunting while home on leave vividly illustrates the sport's powerful pull on hearts and minds. Willging also engagingly conveys the important tradition of the deer-hunting camp, from a humble two-man shack in Chequamegon National Forest (like the one he shared with his best friend, Steve) to the grand old Deer Foot Lodge founded in 1912 in Vilas County.

 

On the Hunt is perfect preparation for the avid sportsman's annual fall trek with friends and family into the woods.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870204050
  • Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,362,258
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert C. Willging is a freelance outdoors writer whose work has appeared in such publications as Boundary Waters Journal, Deer and Deer Hunting, High Country News, Wisconsin Natural Resources, and Wisconsin Outdoor News. A wildlife biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and an ardent sportsman, Willging has pursued Wisconsin whitetails since 1984. He lives in Rhinelander with his wife and two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    A MUST HAVE

    All I can say is EXCELLENT !!
    This book is a must have for ANY Wisconsin deer hunter, or hunter in general. You won't be disappointed .........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    Great gift for the deer hunter

    Great coffee table book for the "cabin." Full of information, historical and current, for the seasoned deer hunter. It's been a hit with the guys I've given it to.

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