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Record buck: On wall for 46 years

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Left: Leader photo by GLYNN HARRIS John Preaus of Farmerville was pleased to learn the buck he shot 46 years ago has been recently scored as one of the state’s largest.” Right: Submitted photo Back when he was only 16 years ago, John Preaus posed with the “famous” buck that eventually went into the state’s record manuals.

When John Preaus was 16 years old, he shot the first buck he’d ever seen.

“I was a junior in high school when I shot the buck on Cherry Ridge hunting club, a lease my dad joined to give my brother, Joe, and me a chance to deer hunt. Dad wasn’t a deer hunter, but he wanted us to have the chance to hang out with and learn from club members and savvy hunters like D. R. Mullins and Olen Forbess,” Preaus explained.

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