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Women now a strong presence in the outdoors

Women made the decisions of when to move and where to camp. Meanwhile, the men hunted and went to war. It's not surprising that many Native American nations were matriarchal societies.

As 'civilized' society grew and matured, it evolved to the point where a women's place was considered to be the home, while the men were expected to roam. The wilderness was considered a hostile environment to be tamed. It was not a place fit for a lady.

Although numerous examples remain of pioneer women taking to the woods, the American society came to accept the fact that woodland travel and wilderness adventures were primarily a male dominated environment.

The massive Brandreth Park, with over 30,000 acres stretching from Raquette Lake to Long Lake, is considered the largest, single family owned parcel in the Adirondacks.

From the turn of the century and well into the 1900's, a local hunter by the name of Paul Brandreth hunted these lands. Paul was an internationally recognized expert on hunting whitetail deer and wrote of his adventures in Forest and Stream, Woods and Waters and other national publications. He even published a book on hunting whitetails. It is still considered one of the finest ever written on the subject.

However, despite being one of the foremost authorities on the topic, Paul never attended the fabled New York Sportsman Show. He never set foot in the Explorers Club nor shared a cigar with Teddy Roosevelt while recounting tales of the hunt.

The reason Paul Brandreth never shared in any of the common delights for a man of the hunt, was because he was a she. Pauline Brandreth wrote under the pen name Paul. It was the only way she could be published, for at the time, no one would believe that a woman knew anything about hunting whitetail deer.

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