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Paulina Brandreth

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March 03, 2020

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“To the much-traveled sportsman a book on hunting the whitetail will possibly seem rather tame. The whitetail is a familiar figure throughout every State in the Union, nor is it necessary to undergo danger or hardship in bringing him to bag. Yet, when all is said (and I believe the much-traveled sportsman will here agree with me), there is no doubt about the fact that this noble member of our great deer family…occupies a warm place in the heart of the American people, and that skill and patience are essential if we would hunt him successfully in a legitimate fashion.”

– Paul (Paulina) Brandreth, Trails of Enchantment

Paulina Brandreth lived and breathed outdoor life. A native of the Adirondacks, Paulina was an accomplished photographer, hunter, naturalist, and writer. She was one of the most prolific outdoor writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, writing articles for Forest and Stream magazine as early as the age of nine. Her early articles were attributed to her grandfather’s property (no name, just “Camp Good Enough, Brandreth Lake). Later she took up the pseudonym of Paul Brandreth.

Paulina Brandreth – left

No one at that time would believe a woman would create some of the most influential articles and stories of deer hunting.

In 1930, she published one of the first significant books on whitetail deer hunting. Trails of Enchantment was prolific and game changing. Paulina eloquently weaved together the beauty of nature and the science of the hunt. She expounded upon the nature of the deer. She studied it and recorded her findings To this day, Trails of Enchantment is considered one of the best books on whitetail deer ever written.

The outdoor life and hunting were part of Paulina’s identity. She never married and devoted herself to raising dogs, studying deer, writing plays and poetry, and immersing herself in the outdoors. By the time of her death, she had written one book and over thirty articles in Field and Stream and Forest and Stream. Though she wrote her hunting articles under a male name, she was a known hunter and influential figure for women shooters. Eventually, women hunters (and outdoorswomen in general) in the Adirondacks became an expected sight.