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On the Hunt: The History of Deer Hunting in Wisconsin Hardcover – December 18, 2008

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2009 Honorable Mention in the Outdoors Category from the Council for Wisconsin Writers
2009 Finalist in the Recreation/Travel/Sports Cateogry from Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Awards


"Robert Willging tells the fascinating story of the white-tailed deer: its natural history from prehistoric time to present-day management controversies. It is the most comprehensive and enjoyable treatise of the white-tailed deer that I've seen. Whether you are an avid hunter or enjoy seeing the graceful whitetail, reading On the Hunt is a must. Once you start it you won't put it down." (Mike Dombeck, Former Chief, U.S. Forest Service; UW System Fellow and Professor of Global Conservation, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)
 
"My passion has always been white-tailed deer — its past, present, and future. As much as I thought I knew about the animal, I learned a lot more after going through On the Hunt. I would highly recommend it to anyone." (Jeff Shinkten, President, Whitetails Unlimited)
 
"While I'm no threat to Wisconsin's deer population, I still enjoy the tradition of the annual gathering for the hunt. On the Hunt's narrative is interesting in how it starts with early hunters and presettlement. I did not realize market hunting was such a big part of our history and was intrigued to read about how the deer population revived after logging. The book's coverage of deer management issues reminded me of my days with the DNR. I recommend Willging's book to my fellow whitetail hunters." (Tony Earl, former Governor of Wisconsin)
 
"I would recomment the book to any hunter who appreciates deer hunting beyond simply killing a deer. Besides deer and hunter statistics over the years, the book deals with the subculture of deer hunting. It contains many sidebars and illustrations from old to new photographs, old sporting goods ads, historic hunting licenses, and old restaurant menus. This book should be on every thinking deer hunter's bookshelf." (Jim Evard, Wisconsin Outdoor News)

About 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press; 1 edition (December 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087020405X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870204050
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deer hunting has been a part of Wisconsin's culture from antiquity down to the present day. Native Americans and pioneers hunting for substance. Gradually deer hunting took on an entertainment value as a sport. But even today, deer hunting continues to be a major food resource for a significant number of Wisconsin families. In "On The Hunt: The History of Deer Hunting In Wisconsin", freelance outdoor writer Robert C. Willging lays out a definitive historical survey of deer hunting in the Badger State beginning with the spear-throwing Paleo-Indians of the Upper Midwest, to the sportsmen and women of today with their scoped rifles. "On The Hunt" draws from such divers published historical resources as Wisconsin Conservation Department and Department of Natural Resources archives, hunting magazines, newspaper articles, and anecdotal stories of hunters and deer biologists. Superbly illustrated throughout with historical photos of classic deer camps, "On The Hunt" is as informed and informative, as it is engaging and insightful. Strongly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Wisconsin wildlife reference collections, "On The Hunt" is ideal for non-specialist general readers with an interest in this enduringly popular activity that has been (and continues to be) such an integral part of Wisconsin popular culture.
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I ordered this after reading a review on amazon. It was supposed to be packed
with early photos of deer hunting - most I have seen in other books and they
were not as plentiful as advertised. A disappointment.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the history behind deer hunting in Wisconsin. A well written book that I loaned to one of my sons, a fellow deer hunter, when I was done with it. He returned it to me and it now sits on a shelf awaiting its next reader.
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The majority of my hunting takes place in WI. The author nailed the hunting way of life in this state. It felt as if one of our own guys from our camp wrote this. Besides covering the heart of WI. hunting culture the places he mentiones, many of which I've hunted in really hits home. I'm sorry I waited so long to buy this one.
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My husband isn't a big book reader, but he loves deer hunting. He truly loves this book. This book is really great and has amazing pictures inside. It would be a huge hit with anyone who likes deer hunting and is also interested in how it all began.
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This was given as a gift to a long time hunter. It was the gift that I was looking for and a gift that was appreciated by the receiver.
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This is a revealing look at the history of the sport of deer hunting and how it's changed. Very enjoyable reading for any deer hunter.
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