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.
“The book Blaze Orange, is a staggering achievement of solicitous images that illustrate the deep culture of what real hunting in the Northwood’s entails. There is an unparalleled commitment by author, Travis Dewitz, to the pictures, to the form, and to hunters. Each photograph was taken and chosen with extraordinary care and passion. It truly feels like each page is a painted canvas of the heart, grit, and soul of this influential culture. Travis Dewitz leaves us yearning for more, with a hunger that is ignited by the beautiful allure of the Wisconsin woods during a season where it is covered in blaze orange.” — Erika
“Travis Dewitz presents the deer hunt in a way that is unvarnished and yet poetic, graceful, and subtle. Page by page, Blaze Orange makes you part of the Wisconsin deer season, from the hunt itself to the many people and businesses that depend on and provide support to hunters. These images transport you to the snow-covered woods, and they let you see the soft light of a November sunrise, imagine the smells and sounds of the local bars, and consider the craftsmanship of a custom knife maker.” — JEFF DAVIS, EDITOR OF WHITETAILS UNLIMITED MAGAZINE