Non-typical 13 pointer, Preston Barnes

Preston Barnes

I shot my deer on Nov. 18, 2023 around 5:10 p.m. with a crossbow. This is my first big buck. Non-typical 13 pointer. I had tracked his every movement. Knowing that he came every 3 days at dusk, I made sure I would be in the stand on Saturday evening (the 18th). I woke up Saturday morning with a trail camera notification on my phone and it was him. I was like dang there goes my chance, however I just said I would go and sit in the stand to see if just maybe he would walk. I get in the stand and an hour and a half later he steps out and I smoked him. He ran 30 feet and dropped.

–Preston Barnes


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