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Is This the Most Realistic Whitetail Deer Hunting Scene in a Hollywood Movie?

prisoners deer hunting scene

The movie Prisoners has probably the most realistic whitetail deer hunting scene ever to hit the theaters.

Have a look at the intro shot to the 2013 Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, and you are probably viewing one of the most realistic deer hunting clips ever put in a movie.

There are tons of movies with hunting scenes, but any whitetail hunter will see that this one rings true.

This movie nails it, from the father and son waiting in the cold, and looking cold, to the taking of a nice doe for the freezer. Thousands of deer hunters do just that, take deer for their meat. Their clothing rings true, with hunter orange, and the November conditions with snow on the ground mirror a true eastern whitetail hunting experience. Whoever put this scene together knew their stuff, and it was well done.

Experienced hunters watch movies that portray hunting scenes very closely, and it’s amazing how many big-budget productions get it wrong.

Even such famous films as The Deer Hunter, whose entire story is centered on hunting, gets it very wrong. From filming supposed eastern whitetail hunters hunting in the Rockies to pose as Pennsylvania hills, to not even using a whitetail deer, but using a European Stag, there were some glaring errors that any hunter would pick out. Still a great film however.

Deer hunters can probably think of a long list of movies that don’t get it right, makes you wonder why they don’t hire a hunting specialist out in California as an advisor, a lot of my hunting buddies would be more than willing to help out!


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Is This the Most Realistic Whitetail Deer Hunting Scene in a Hollywood Movie?