“Dewitz’s excellent images capture without fanfare what deer hunting is all about to rural America.” – Christopher Camuto
The latest review for Blaze Orange – Whitetail Deer Hunting in Wisconsin, was published in the July 2015 issue of Gray’s Sporting Journal, written by author, Christopher Camuto.
“Dewitz has created a soulful photographic account of deer hunting at its best, the quiet passion of rural folk for whom deer season is the heart of every year. He captures the faces of ordinary hunters, young and old, the farm yards where they gather and the fields and woods where they hunt, the hunting cabins and kitchens where they tell their stories. This is the world of Chevys and Remingtons, gun stores and check stations, and a lot of unposed faces–smiling and weary–hunting as family and friends, gathering venison and memorize and trophy buck here and there to drape with Christmas lights and toast with a tall boy. Dewitz’s excellent images capture without fanfare what deer hunting is all about to rural America.”
– Christopher Camuto – Author of several books most recently Time and Tide in Arcadia: Seasons on Mount Desert Island
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 culture 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 documents 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. Want to know more?
About the Author – Travis Dewitz is the owner of Dewitz Photography in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He has a deep passion for photography and loves environmental portraits along with documentary photography. Having lived in Wisconsin his whole life and growing up in the woods of western Wisconsin, Travis has an inside knowledge of the once a year whitetail gun hunting season. He personally knows the tradition and family ties to the cult like blaze orange wearing hunters that live for the 9 day season.
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