DEER CAMP - WOOD COUNTY, WISCONSIN (ca. 1890)
We’ve mentioned that Wisconsin is beating everyone, right? Well, Wisconsin librarians are even MORE amazing. The eminently awesome Recollection Wisconsin sends this American Guide Week dispatch for Field Assignment #2 - Flora and Fauna:
Whitetail deer are abundant in Wisconsin, with current populations estimated at 1.5 million. Deer hunting is an annual late-autumn ritual for many Wisconsinites. Groups of hunters might retreat to “deer camps” for a week or more to test their skills and reconnect with the natural world. For others, deer hunting is a family affair; an entire extended family might spend hunting season’s opening weekend together, with plenty of time for eating, drinking, and socializing as well as the actual hunt.
Although the vast majority of Wisconsin’s 600,000+ licensed deer hunters are men, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is actively encouraging women to take part in this longstanding Wisconsin tradition. This year, the state’s nine-day gun hunting season will run from November 23-December 1.
image source: McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids
Recollection Wisconsin has many, many great posts to explore on its own website. We happen to love this recent article about the history of Wisconsin department stores.
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