A Tuttle hunter's buck of a lifetime has outdoor companies and national television shows bidding to get the video of the hunt.
“All over a dead animal,” Bo Cocannouer said, amazed by the attention it is receiving
The buck in question is a 185-class, 19-pointer that Cocannouer killed in Grady County on Oct. 8.
Cocannouer started seeing the monster buck on his family's land on trail cameras in early September.
Because of the path the deer always traveled, Cocannouer skipped hunting the first week of archery season, waiting on a day when the wind would be coming from the right direction before climbing up in his tree stand.
Cocannouer is a firefighter in Moore and part of the staff of Fired Up Outdoors, a local television show that airs on KSBI-TV, which is comprised mostly of firefighters in the Oklahoma City area.
They video their hunting and fishing adventures and began posted them on the Internet. That evolved last summer into a local television show called Fired Up Outdoors on KSBI-TV.
Cocannouer's hunting partner, Trent Wood, also a Moore fireman, tagged along on Oct. 8 to shoot video of the hunt.
Sure enough, the big buck's pattern was predictable. Cocannouer got a shot that day and hit the animal with an arrow from his compound bow.
He telephoned a friend and then his father to tell them the news and wait for the buck to go lay down.
He was about to climb down from the tree stand and search for a blood trail when a bachelor group of seven whitetails appeared in the clearing.
Cocannouer had his eye on shooting a 9-pointer when Wood told him to wait, that a monster buck had just emerged by a cedar tree.
Cocannouer took a look through his binoculars and it was the same buck that he had just shot about 15 to 20 minutes earlier. The buck was literally licking its wound.
“If you wouldn't have known that I had shot him already, you wouldn't know he had been hit,” Cocannouer said.
The buck hung back for a few minutes but then walked by close enough to give Cocannouer another chance.
Cocannouer's first arrow had struck the deer but was high, missing the vital organs and going through the animal. The second shot was true.
Cocannouer, 32, didn't anticipate what would happen next. Photos of the buck were posted and shared on Facebook. Word also spread that there was a video of the hunt.
Cocannouer said Thursday he has received eight inquiries from national companies with outdoor shows including Cabela's, Bass Pro, Realtree and others about buying the video of the hunt.
No one will make him a firm offer until they have viewed it, but Cocannouer said one company told him it has paid as much as $30,000 for similar video.
Meanwhile, Cocannouer hired an attorney to ensure the copyright and has the video locked away in a gun safe.
Cocannouer said the circus surrounding the video has been kind of a headache, but he probably will sell it to someone.
“I don't know exactly what I am going to do with it,” he said. “It's absolutely nuts. I just wanted to go hunting and this is just something that happened.”