D&DH Co-Founder Back on the Stump

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Jack Brauer (standing) discusses the beginnings of D&DH during a history
of deer hunting exhibit at a Wisconsin public library in January 2011. Brauer and
Al Hofacker founded the magazine in 1977.

by Jack Brauer, D&DH co-founder

For the past month, the Oshkosh, Wis., Public Museum has offered an exhibit about
deer hunting culture. I was recently asked to give a program on how our Wisconsin
deer camp (called The Stump Sitters) spawned the idea for Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine in
1977.

My program covered more than 40 years of events, deer-camp stories, practical jokes
in deer camp, and how our “World of the Whitetail” program turned into the Stump Sitters
Whitetail Deer Study Group, which eventually became D&DH, the magazine. This
little project was an experience that I really enjoyed, bringing back so many fond
memories as I worked on the Power Point program. Several employees from those early
years showed up unexpectedly which resulted in a lot of reminiscing.

Deer & Deer Hunting enjoyed success because we had loyal employees who worked
as a team to create the best magazine in the world about the white-tailed deer. I’m
very pleased that the present D&DH staff has maintained high editorial standards
and have added much-improved graphics to make it the “the best” in the business.