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This 1970s documentary features the legendary huntsman, Melville Poe, of Hume Virginia and the hounds of the Orange County Hunt located near The Plains, Virginia. This film is the only significant film ever made on traditional British style fox hunting in America. George Washington was an enthusiastic fox hunter and the sport requires skill, courage, and an understanding of the animal worlds of hounds, horses, and foxes. In America, more hunters are injured by falls than foxes are killed which in the USA, are not dug out of their dens when the fox "goes to ground". Like most hunters, fox hunters are very mindful of the natural world, concerned about preserving open space and habitat as well as a healthy fox population.
Folklorist Alan Lomax commented in a letter to filmmaker Tom Davenport "I don't think I've ever seen a better hunting film. Indeed, the whole thing was a masterpiece of liquid, flowing motion, but for the first time, with the way (he) told the story, I understood fox hunting, its rationale, its feeling, and deeply enjoyed it." This films is available on DVD from www.davenportfilms.com.