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Farm Doe taken with 30-30 Marlin 336! Hunting with Grandpa’s Gun!

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Bubba Roundtree Outdoors (B.R.O.) produced this 11-minute YouTube video about an October 2015 afternoon deer hunt.


Reference: Bubba Rountree Outdoors on YouTube



The clip featured B.R.O. host Wade Rush, who explained the reason for the hunt: the deer were chewing up his friend’s farm and the bucks are chasing the does. He said that for this expedition, they were required to take down all that they can as the animals were eating the crops and destroying the farm. This was actually the second day of hunting; they were able to kill a young buck and maiden doe the day before.

With co-host Josh Branham, Wade took on the hunt using the Marlin 30-30 WIN Model 336 rifle that he inherited from his grandfather. He attached a Bushnell 3x12x40 Scope for easier targeting. Once they were done setting up their spot off the dirt road, Wade sprayed on a scent killer so that the deer won’t easily spot them. Deer have very sensitive noses — they can smell 20 times better than humans — and if they sense predators in the area, they will run away.

At the 4:44 mark of the video, just as the sun was about to go down, Wade spotted a doe emerging from the trees. When he was sure it was alone, he decided to take a neck-shot, doing a shot placement between the deer’s neck and upper back. In the comments section, he noted that he opted for a neck-shot because the doe’s head seemed twitchy, probably because she caught the LED light on his secondary camera. At 60 metres, Wade said, it would be harder to aim for the head.

“Deer have very sensitive noses — they can smell 20 times better than humans — and if they sense predators in the area, they will run away.”

A shot rang, and the doe was on the ground. The first shot was not instantly fatal, so he followed it up with a head-shot. Wade, with the help of Josh, brought home the 105-pound deer to skin it and take out the inner loins and guts.

The video showed how effective a classic Marlin 30-30 lever-action rifle is for hunting a big game like deer. And it would come in useful on the next few days, as there were more deer to hunt on that farm.

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