COMANCHE COUNTY, Okla. - One Comanche County family might be dining on venison this Thanksgiving after bagging a 34-point buck early Tuesday morning on their land near the wildlife refuge.
Coy Bishop and his grandpa killed the massive deer and now could be in the state record books. Not only that, a weigh station confirms the buck weighs over 200 lbs. It is a hunt the two will never forget, not only because of the buck's size, but because of what happened to them before the hunt.
Both hunter Coy Bishop and his grandfather Donnie Barton say this hunt will go down in their books as one in a million, even if the deer they shot is not a record. They were proud to show off their bagged buck to everyone and anyone who could see it and tell the story to anybody who would listen.
"It was a 200 yard stalk, we ended up crawling for 50 yards," said Bishop.
It started around 7:30 a.m. when they came upon several deer, but one stood out. He was big and he was the closest.
"My granddad said, ‘get set up boy and get on him and soon as you get ready pop him,'" said Bishop.
It was not that easy, they were far away and Bishop ran into a sticky situation.
"About that time I was going to get set up and I put my hand right down on a cactus and I had briars sticking out of my shooter finger," said Bishop.
His grandfather, who has been coaching him since he was little, helped him through it.
"He's trying to pick those out of my finger," said Bishop.
"I said, ‘if you see the size of this buck you ain't gonna worry about it," said Barton.
After they got the cactus situation under control, the resumed the hunt.
"I said, ‘alright I'm gonna take him,' and I gave one shot and he bowed up, tailed down," said Bishop.
But such a big deer, more than 200 pounds, did not go down easily.
"We hit him three times I know that. I ran out of bullets and we started swapping guns so then at the end I stalked down, 100 yards from him and he still had his head up and went to get up," said Bishop.
That is when Bishop made his final shot.
"Ended up knocking off the right rack which hopefully a professional will fix that," said Bishop.
Now they begin the process of finding how the buck scores and if it is a state record, but Bishop says that really does not matter.
"That's a once and a lifetime buck and to be with your grandpa out in the woods to harvest something like that it was a really nice," said Bishop.
Bishop says he plans to take the buck to a taxidermist to get it stuffed and mounted. He says he would sell it for the right price, but if there are no takers, he has the perfect spot in his living room. It will take about 60 days to get this buck officially scored. They have to give time for the antlers to shrink for the scoring to begin.