“Red Fox Waits”

“Snapshot Saturday”

A traditional hunter, wrapped in a red trade blanket, sits against a tree.

Shadows grew long as the day came to a close. Msko-waagosh sat wrapped in a red wool trade blanket as he watched a trail leading from the bottom lands. The air was cool, but pleasant for late-November. It was little wonder folks associated the red blanket with this seasoned woodsman. Old Northwest Territory, overlooking the River Raisin, in the Year of our Lord, 1796…

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3 Responses to “Red Fox Waits”

  1. William says:

    An ideal picture to spark my imagination and allow me to place myself in a similar scenario. In fact, I have a red wool blanket with black stripes very similar to the one Msko-Wagoosh is wrapped in. Mine isn’t a heavy weight though. Rather it’s a medium thick and uncut, and some 10 feet long. Doubled over it becomes quite useful and plenty warm, serving as a sleeping bag, ground pad, match coat or even a shelter.
    A question comes to mind as to woodland critters ability to see the color red and does it make a hunter more visible to the quarry or not? What is your experience with that?

    • Rancocas says:

      William;

      Msko-Waagosh seems to be pre-occupied lately. My apologies to him for jumping in here to answer your question.

      Scientific evidence indicates that deer and most other mammals see only in shades of grey. It has something to do with eye structure and the number of “rods and cones” in our eyes. I forget whether we have more or less of one or the other, but apparently it makes a difference on whether we can see colors or not, and also how well a critter can see in the dark.
      Basically, deer see red, or blaze orange, or blue, or yellow, etc., only as different shades of grey, however they are very much attuned to movement and shapes. Sit still and don’t move and it doesn’t make much different what color clothes you have on. Although I wouldn’t wear white and try to hide in a pine tree. The deer may, however, spot you as a odd lump in their environment that wasn’t there before and so be suspicious of you.
      On the other hand, birds reportedly do see in color. Therefor camouflage is needed for hunting turkeys and waterfowl.

      Rancocas

      • Dennis Neely: Traditional Woodsman says:

        William,
        Rancocas hit the basics with is answer. It is important to note that different critters have different sight capabilities. Movement is the other issue, and in my opinion the biggest betrayer in the forest setting. I’ve made a note to address this topic in greater depth in the near future. As with any question, the best answers come from actually trying the idea in the wilderness classroom.

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