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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