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Florida hunter bags deer of a lifetime in Emanuel

Floridian Coby Farrington has bagged his share of whitetail deer over the last 14 years, but last weekend, he got the prize he will talk about for years to come.

The 20-year-old Melbourne native took down a rare piebald deer on October 22 while on leased family hunting land in Emanuel near Blun.

Farrington used a 7MM for the shot around 7:55 a.m. He says the trophy buck—an 8-point that weighed in at 170 pounds—initially came as a shock, which eventually turned into pride and joy.

“In the moment, my heart was racing and I was in disbelief,” Farrington commented. “Afterward, I was overly excited and couldn’t stop shaking while trying to call my family.”

He would like to give a special thanks to his dad, Ken Farrington, who helped him get ready for this season. The Farringtons were joined by Ken’s friend, Pete Vincitore, his wife, Becky, and their son, Cory, first came up to Emanuel since the beginning of archery season to hunt and return here every weekend.

As for Farrington’s plans to preserve the piebald, he is going to work with a taxidermist to half-mount the deer in a way that will look like the animal is jumping a fence. Farrington also plans to keep the rest of the hide and have it tanned for keeping.

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