Hunters and Explorers: Hunting the Plentiful Game:
In the 18th century, European explorers traveling west across Cumberland Gap discovered the rich hunting grounds used by the American Indians. Long hunters, men who went on hunting expeditions for many months at a time, harvested huge quantities of hides and furs to market in the colonies and in Europe. Daniel Boone, who took his first hunting trip to Kentucky in 1769, was one of many long hunters in the region. American Indians became resentful of the intruders with whom they now had to compete for game animals.