The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter on Netflix: Before and After You Watch

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunters – Copyright Netflix

The Legacy of Whitetail Deer Hunters is now on Netflix and if you’re wondering whether the movie is for you or looking for some more information post-watch. This is your before and after guide to Netflix’s latest Original movie. 

Netflix has now put out two hunting movies in a row with Calibre arriving last Friday. With that said, this is a remarkably different kind of story and thankfully, strikes a much lighter tone.

Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know before you start watching the movie including what it’s about, who it is for and its review scores. After you finish watching, we’ll take you through the soundtrack, cast list, answer some questions which you might have and most importantly did Buck take that final shot.


Before you watch

Directed by: Jody Hill (Vice Principals, Observe and Report)
Written by: John Carcieri, Jody Hill

What’s the movie about?

Although the trailer paints it as a comedy as its category, we’d say it’s more of a drama. The star of the show is Buck Ferguson who is a well-known hunting star. He’s filming a new episode of his hit show but bringing his son out for the first time to hunt. Sadly, his son isn’t as interested as his father on the trip.

Review Scores

IMDb Score: 5.5, Rotten Tomatoes: Not Available, Metacritic: 51

The movie has only been out in the wild for the past few days but there’s still plenty of reviews trickling in. The overall consensus is that this isn’t a bad movie but it’s also not the greatest scoring slap bam in the middle.

Variety gave the movie a score of 60 stating that “McBride is good for a few chuckles” but added that “Brolin remains the main attraction, and the saving grace”. The most negative review comes from ScreenCrush who states “The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter is a major disappointment, but, as proven by two phenomenal seasons of Vice Principals, Hill is still more than capable of delivering the goods.”


After you watch

Warning: Spoilers follow

Soundtrack

As you’d expect from a movie set in the great outdoors, there’s plenty of country music and guitars. Here’s a rundown of the complete soundtrack in The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter:

  • Natural High – Crossin Dixon
  • Le De Da – Link Wray
  • Memories – Arroyo
  • To Our Knees – Low
  • Late in Life – The Avett Brothers
  • Loco’s Lament – Tommy Guerrero
  • Run to your Mama – Goat
  • Oddjob – Python Blue
  • Easter Morning – Papercuts
  • Dramatikk – The Ruby Suns
  • Dead Moon Night – Dead Moon
  • One Dyin’ and a Buryin – Roger Miller
  • Do Androids Dream, Part 3 – Andrew Bayer
  • I’ll Fly Away – Castanets
  • Redemption Song – Bob Marley
  • Color Blues – Dynamite Brothers
  • Return to Earth – Mannheim Steamroller
  • It’s a Hard Life – Roger Daltrey
  • Escape from the Atmosphere – Mannheim Steamroller
  • Giving It All Away – Roger Daltrey
  • Baby Please Don’t Do Me Wrong – Lighnin’ Hopkins
  • Ballad of Fox Creek No 1 – The Avett Brothers
  • The Open Sea – Musee Mecanique
  • My Father Was a Hunter – Jody Hill and Joseph Stephens
  • Zapata’s Boots – Tommy Guerrero
  • Ten Thousand Words – The Avett Brothers

Cast List

We didn’t quite realize at first that Josh Brolin actually has starred in 2018’s biggest movie, The Avengers. He played Thanos so this role is noticeably different and he’s not the only one who appeared in both of these movies too.

ActorPlaysKnown For
Josh BrolinBuck FergusonAvengers: Infinity War, No Country for Old Men, W.
Carrie CoonJaden’s MomFargo, The Sinner, The Leftovers
Danny McBrideDon (Cameraman)Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder
Scoot McNairyGreggArgo, Monsters
Montana JordanJadenYoung Sheldon

Ending Explained

Although the film is relatively simple in premise and its ultimate conclusion, you may still have some questions. Here are the ones we had left.

Did buck shoot the deer at the end?

At the end of the movie, Buck finally comes into the view of deer he had been hunting for most of the movie. Unlike before, Buck hesitated before lifting the gun once more and then the credits roll. Of course, he shot the deer.

Why did Buck and Jaden’s Mom divorce?

It’s been two years since the pair divorced and throughout the movie, we get a few reasons why they eventually separated. Buck’s alcohol abuse seems to be the main reason given the second things become tough he disappears and starts drinking.

Is this a real story? Can I watch the end movie?

This isn’t a real story and sadly, you can’t watch the end result of the film they were producing. It would’ve made a good little easter egg for Netflix to add the final movie to Youtube. There are plenty of shows that mimic a lot of what they were producing, though.

The campsite fire scene where Jaden takes a sip of whiskey

What did you think of the new Netflix Original movie? Will you re-watch this movie at a later date? Don’t forget to check out the other new additions this week too.

Kasey Moore

Kasey Moore is the founder and editor-in-chief of What's on Netflix. Kasey launched the site in 2013 after growing frustration with finding content on Netflix. He has an in depth understanding of the release cycles for Netflix and has developed tools to make navigating Netflix easier. Resides in Norwich in the UK.