Category Archives: Clothing & Accoutrements

“Lost Words”

“Snapshot Saturday”

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“That won’t work on an actual hunt…”

First light ushered in a volley of musket fire. The muzzle blasts, five in all, echoed up and down the River Raisin. A minute or so later, a second unsettling exchange erupted well to the north—four shots, a pause, then … Continue reading

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“Pipe Tongs”

“Snapshot Saturday”

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A Toll for Re-Living History

Distant clucks teased. Elk moccasins danced around the broken down top of a white ash tree. When the tree fell it bent earthward six or seven red cedar trees with trunks the size of a stout blacksmith’s upper arm. The … Continue reading

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“It Sounds Like a Trade Gun”

Black powder rose in the brass measure. The charge tumbled to the breech of the pristine barrel. Excited fingers rolled a few strands of wide-bladed green grass into a ball, equal in size to the hand-cast round ball. An index … Continue reading

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A Hunter Orange Missive

A week or so ago James, a loyal reader from Georgia, sent an email asking “How do you meet the requirements for the blaze orange that you are supposed to wear?” What a great question! This topic comes up all … Continue reading

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Our Own Historical Version of Eden

Pesky deer flies failed to dampen that morn, in the Year of our Lord, 1796. Sunlight spears penetrated through the lush canopy, scattering splotches of light hinter and yon upon the forest floor. The aroma of spring greenery and dry, … Continue reading

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Returned to its Rest…

Light snow fell. White, ball-like granules the size of goose shot pattered on damp leaves. Dark clouds, the color of quenched iron, brought a chill that caused a humble fort hunter’s nose to drip. Winter moccasins, lined with two layers … Continue reading

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