Uplands Deer Management Association Directory Page“Let Him Go.” Oil on canvas, 1851. A. F. Tait. Courtesy: Christie’ Images Inc. New York.

Let Him Go!

Oil on canvas, 1851. A. F. Tait.
Courtesy: Christie’ Images Inc. New York & Our Whitetail Heritage.

With a massive, heavy-beamed and palmated 12-point whitetail afloat in the unmistakable Adirondack guide boat with the square stern commonly called "the Punt," the artist A.F. Tait (seen here on the left in buckskin) restricts his deer hunting partner from shooting the smaller white-tailed buck (seen faintly in the background, right center, of the painting) swimming in one of the Chateaguay Lakes near Tait's legendary deer camp at Constable Point.

As early as 1851, Tait, the great promoter of American white-tailed deer hunting, following the deer hunting ethic of James Fennimore Cooper's "Natty Bumppo," sets the stage for a quality deer hunt that uses but at the same time preserves the natural resource itself, at a time when the controversy over managing this public resource on private property first emerged in American cultural history. Overtime this controversial paradigm would become a chronic contradiction in terms and begin to plague white-tailed deer management.

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