Lake Puckaway's Vanishing Act
Yes, there was a lot of certain critters, and in fact there were other critters that are no longer present here and in some cases anywhere outside of the Smithsonian.
Times change, not always for the better, not always for the worse. ChuckC
Winter time in the north was a whole other story. Starvation was common in some years. Hunting game was near impossible in winters of heavy snow.
What strikes me the most was how mobile the native people were. Rivers and lakes were the main travelways. So people along the great lakes as far away as Lk Huron and Lk Erie were familiar with those people living in southern Illinois, Missouri and Iowa. This is even before the Europeans introduced the fur trade. Not that such long distance travel was highly common. But it was common enough.
Up Country has excerpts from diaries of over 20 people including Marquette, Renard, Allouez, Hennepin, plus some of the men that started the big trading companies back then.
Right now i am reading Raddissons diary, a french trapper/hunter that got screwed by the french govt so he joined forces with the English and founded the Hudson Bay Trading Co. Lots of fun living in them days