Blaze Orange Hits Milwaukee TV Screens

November 20, 2014 Travis Dewitz

The 2014 nine-day deer gun hunting season arrives on Saturday. As hunters prepare for the big weekend they share all the intimate details of their own reminiscent deer hunting stories and traditions. I am honored to have had the privilege to talk about this impactful season and my recently published book, Blaze Orange, on the Morning Blend on NBC affiliate TMJ4 in Milwaukee and also the Larry Meiller show on Wisconsin Public Radio. I included links below to these two latest interviews. I have had tremendous support from our community and the hunting families I was privileged to work with. Without them, none of this is possible.

On the weekend before Thanksgiving, hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites head out to the woods to hunt deer. It’s a tradition enjoyed by men, women, adults and children alike — something that one Eau Claire-based photographer strove to represent in his new book.

Besides the hunters themselves, Dewitz’s new collection features images of businesses and individuals whose livelihoods depend on the hunt, as well as people who work to keep the hunt safe, like Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources game warden Scott Thiede.

One “Larry Meiller Show” listener who said her name was Darlene shared a story that reflected how much deer hunting can revolve around family. She said that she had been hunting deer and other animals for over 40 years.One “Larry Meiller Show” listener who said her name was Darlene shared a story that reflected how much deer hunting can revolve around family. She said that she had been hunting deer and other animals for over 40 years. – continue to read full post on WPR

“BLAZE ORANGE” Larry Meiller Show

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Travis Dewitz Deer Hunting Portrait(pp w150 h150) Photograph

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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Travis Dewitz

I. Love. Photography. I love it. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I constantly yearn to show life in a way that hasn’t been seen before, to bring images to people in a fresh and innovative way. My favorite focus in photography, my specialty I guess you would say, is Railroad Photography & Art. Something about the rumbling of these great, big, beautiful machines. The way they shake the earth beneath you as they rumble by, how they invade your chest and you can feel the rumble inside you. The plumes of heat on a hot day represented in a heat wave. Snaking through a western valley, void of trees or any other distracting element. Just the train, by itself, in it’s own inexplicable beauty and power. From the time I was a child, they have captured my imagination. I’ve recently gotten into portraiture a bit, and I want to bring some of my experiences with trains to that arena. To capture the power of a person, the sadness, loneliness, omniscience, pride, love, & carefree spirit in a way that hasn’t been done before. I want people to look at themselves in a photograph I have taken, and see a side of themselves that they think no one else has ever seen. Dewitz Photography is all about capturing a moment in a way that has never been seen before, capturing a beauty that some never knew was even there.