Blaze Orange – My Wisconsin Deer Hunting Book Project

December 25, 2012 Travis Dewitz


Even though the project is not done, I would love to share with you what I have. For those of you that have not heard about my deer hunting book project, I will fill you in. I am working on a photographic coffee table style book about Wisconsin Deer Hunting. The title of the book is Blaze Orange. Blaze Orange will be full of timeless images of the Whitetail Deer gun hunting season in Wisconsin. Wisconsin deer hunting is all about family and how families raise their children safely into the sport of hunting which is filled with traditions. Wisconsin’s Whitetail Deer gun season is 9 days long and requires hunters to wear Blaze Orange for safety. The season in closely monitored by the Wisconsin DNR. The DNR expects more than 600,000 hunters, about 10% of the state’s population, to take to the Wisconsin woods and fields next weekend. Wisconsin deer hunting runs deep with heritage for many Wisconsinites as the deer season here has an almost cult like following. This is what I am trying to capture and share with the readers. The book has made it through two large hurdles on the editorial and press end of the process on its way to be professionally published and on the shelves of a book store near you.


I still have a few people and places slated to be photographed for book project but the heart of it can be seen online. I am also looking for your Wisconsin Deer Hunting stories and input. Let me know how important deer hunting may be to you or your family and the traditions that are part of your life once a year as the woods are filled with blaze orange. Tell me your stories as I would love to hear them. Follow the links below to see more or to add your story to the book site. Select stories or thoughts may be used in the book if you give me your permission.

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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.


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.

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