By: Robert C. Willging
Stories of sportsmen past come to life in History Afield
, an account of the many and varied sporting pursuits that are part of the Wisconsin tradition. Author and outdoorsman Robert Willging shares more than two dozen tales of Wisconsin sporting history, highlighting the hunt for waterfowl, upland birds, and deer; trout fishing in wild northern rivers; and recreating at early Wisconsin lakeside resorts.
Anecdotes of fishing exploits on our plentiful waterways and presidential visits to northern Wisconsin reveal a unique slice of sporting culture, and chapters on live decoys and the American Water Spaniel demonstrate the human-animal bond that has played such a large part in that history. Tales of nature’s fury include a detailed account of the famous Armistice Day storm, as well as the dangers of ice fishing on Lake Superior. These historical musings and perspectives on sporting ethos provide a strong sense of the lifestyle that Willging has preserved for our new century.
Featuring first-hand interviews and a variety of historic photos depicting the Wisconsin sporting life, History Afield
shows how the intimate relationship between humans and nature shaped this important part of the state’s heritage.
Robert C. Willging
is a freelance outdoor and history writer whose work has appeared in Deer & Deer Hunting, The Boundary Waters Journal, Wisconsin Outdoor Journal, Wisconsin Natural Resources, High Country News, Turkey Call, WildBird,
The Trapper & Predator Caller, Fur-Fish-Game, Wisconsin Magazine of History,
and other publications. His first book, On the Hunt: The History of Deer Hunting
in Wisconsin was published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in 2008. Willging holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and a master’s degree in wildlife sciences
Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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