The Big Sneak

"The Big Sneak"

Print Size: 25"x34"

Retail Price: $600 Sale Price: $300

Artist's Commentary

The numerous bull elk shown in this work should be clarified from the beginning of this commentary. Several skeptics have criticized other works as to the amount of bulls only and we reply is the only time of the year that they tend to bunch up and with the large number of the gender in the area, it is a common sight.

This is a day to be remembered...if successful. He must move as one with the animals that support him and his hunt. Elk were never noted for their math ability and they usually ignored other four legged what if he had six legs...He must move in as close as possible using his horse for a shield until he was absolutely certain that he had a "sure shot". Once he was committed, there would be no time for a reload.

The "Mountain Man" loved the wild and free life and took many lessons from the Indian on survival. The first conservationist...This type individual would never take more than he could use. He kills to take care of his own needs and shares the rest with the scavengers that are near by. The individual has no desire to plow fields or raise domestic animals to provide his sustenance and wanted to be left alone and to pursue a lifestyle that is impossible to describe using the standards of today.

The fires in 1988 in Yellowstone Park will, hopefully not affect the northern elk herd that exists here today. To see these magnificent animals grazing a stones throw away as you tour this area is something that you must personally visualize and to think that their number might be drastically reduced is something that we don't want to consider. They are our roots to the past and we must protect the elk heritage for ourselves and our future generations.

This lithograph was reproduced from an original (28"x40") and is limited to 850 signed and numbered reproductions with 85 artist's proofs. It is printed on top quality 100% archival paper, pH neutral number 1 grade with an image size of 21"x30" with a 2" trim. It has been personally signed in pencil and inspected by the artist. The plates have been destroyed after printing.

Gary Carter

West Yellowstone, Montana

March 1989


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