“Behind, Not in Front”

“Snapshot Saturday”

A composite picture showing a traditional woodsman in front of and behind an oak tree.

Like the creatures of the forest, an 18th-century woodsman should utilize the cover to his or her greatest advantage. Certainly, sitting behind the oak in the midst of a hemlock bush is not as comfortable as leaning back against the tree’s trunk, but the difference from a deer’s perspective is striking. A trading post hunter, two ridges east of the River Raisin in the Old Northwest Territory, in the Year of our Lord, 1798.

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