Bob Willging

History Afield
4:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Sixty Years Ago, A Bloody Gun-Deer Season

The shooting and death of a state game warden shook up hunters during the 1942 deer hunt.
Credit Rhinelander Daily News, November 19, 1942

Wisconsin’s gun deer season is approaching.  It’s a time when many hunters across the state look forward to getting away from the pressures of work, spending time in the woods.  

But as WXPR’s Bob Willging relates in today’s History Afield essay, the 1942 murder of a conservation warden in Florence County had deer hunters in northeast Wisconsin anything but relaxed.

In the autumn of 1942, America was becoming deeply involved in World War II.

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Conflict Over Local Control
4:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

1930 Deer Revolt: When Oneida County Took On the State

We’re heading into November, and that means deer hunting will soon be in full swing. 

It’s a cultural phenomenon in the state, with deeply rooted traditions that go back 100 years or more. While there has been much change in Wisconsin deer hunting over time, controversy and disagreement have never been far away.

In the first of a series we’re calling History Afield, WXPR Contributor Bob Willging has the story of one of the oddest deer hunting political battles of the last century.

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