“My father, Daniel Boone, always despised the raccoon fur caps and did not wear one himself, as he always had a hat.”
— Nathan Boone, My Father, Daniel Boone
Despite all the images we have been exposed to for decades, Daniel Boone did not wear a coonskin cap… SHOCKING! Daniel wore a wide-brimmed felt or beaver hat, very similar in style to the hats worn by Quakers in Pennsylvania. This was true for many of the long-hunters of that period. Loading, aiming and firing a .50 caliber long-rifle without the sun and rain protection provided by a large brimmed hat did not make very much sense.