Mickey Wilson’s 15-point Orange County beast

Orange County beast

Orange County beast had 23+ inch spread

Mickey Wilson of Moncure, N.C. was hunting on Sept. 13, 2022 when he killed a 15-point Orange County beast. The buck’s mainframe 8-point rack had a 23 1/2-inch spread.

Wilson shot the deer with a PSE compound bow from 15 yards away. He was in a ground blind in a wooded area when the deer showed up.

The day of the hunt was the first time Wilson had ever laid eyes on the deer, but he had hundreds of trail cam photos since the deer first appeared last October.

“I chased him real hard last year, but he kicked my butt. Then while scouting him this year, he went almost totally nighttime on me 3 weeks ago,” said Wilson.

Luckily, the buck began his nighttime journey a little early on Sept. 13, showing up at 7:20 p.m. with Wilson waiting.

It’s not the first big buck he’s killed from that stand. It’s been a lucky spot, and Sept. 13 has been a lucky day.

“I shot a Pope & Young out of the exact same place last year on the same day,” he said.

Orange County beast
This trail cam photo shows a good look at the buck’s wide spread.

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