Jack Mason is a lawyer who works for the firm of Dorrance. He is an avid hunter and a passionate member of the lodge. Although he is one of the more minor characters in the movie, his relationship withcture is crucial to the plot. Because of his love of animals, his loyalty to the firm, and his abilities as a hunter, he is asked to come in and take charge of the transfer of the ownership of the deer trapping location from the previous owner to John Dorrance.
The first thing he has to do is get some information from the local game warden concerning how many deer they have caught over the years. Surprisingly enough, he has no idea how many they have caught, or even if they have caught any. This sparks a bit of an argument between him and another player in the film who also happen to be the foreman. It also leads to him getting shot, and later, dying right in front of his sleeping partner in the cabin.
Now here is where we see the real dividing line between what Jack Mason does and what happens in the film. While he is being questioned by the other foreman, he makes this point on how he only uses his skills for hunting and nothing else. In fact, he is willing to risk his life for the benefit of his “boys”. John Dorrance, however, is much more of a traditionalist. He does not believe in using a shotgun, shooting animals indiscriminately, or harming others in the name of hunting What does Jack Mason do?.
At one point, John Dorrance goes so far as to tell Jack Mason that deer hunting is okay as long as it is done safely and humanely. However, he then allows himself to be lured into a trap set up by one of his “boys” (yes, he has several), resulting in the death of his pet dog. He then lets his son Charlie go in and try to save him, but ends up being killed by one of the “boys” as well. Charlie, badly hurt, is taken away to live at a cabin owned by another of his “boys”, while John is taken back to the lodge to face the foreman who tried to kill him.
What does Jack Mason learn there? That most hunters are only after the deer’s meat and do not think about the angle or method of killing them. The foreman is actually after more than just the meat; he also wants to collect a hefty price for his kills. As the two fight, John realizes that the foreman has hired a hit man to take out John (who happens to be one of Mason’s best friends). The two gun down the other man, but then John draws his gun and accidentally shoots Charlie, who then falls to the ground.
The movie ends with John, Charlie, and the foreman all dead, having failed to stop the murder of the other man. At the end, you can almost hear the collective sigh of approval from the audience. What does Jack Mason do? Just what you think he does… in the conclusion of the film.