GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 26-year-old man from Gallatin had the hunt of a lifetime earlier this week, snagging a 47-point buck.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says Stephen Tucker was hunting with a muzzleloader in Sumner County when he bagged the deer.
It has a unique set of antlers with 47 points totaling more than 300 inches in length.
“I’ve been blessed,” Tucker told News 2 by phone Thursday. “I’m very fortunate to accomplish that. It’s been pretty cool.”
Because the buck’s rack was so unique, Dale Grandstaff, a captain with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, measured it using Boone & Crockett Club requirements for non-typical racks.
The deer had a gross (green) score of 313 2/8ths inches. However, after subtracting deductions for reasons defined by Boone & Crockett, Capt. Grandstaff determined that the buck has a net (green) score of 308 3/8ths inches.
“When I first saw the buck, I thought this is going to be a state record for sure because it had about the same number of points as our standing record, but it surprised me when I measured it and it went above 300 inches,” said Captain Grandstaff. “That is something you just don’t ever expect to measure as a certified scorer.”
Taken in Iowa, the current world record buck is 307 5/8ths inches.
Even if Capt. Grandstaff’s measurements are accurate, there is a chance that a required 60-day drying period for the antlers could shrink that length below world record status.
Grandstaff noted that plans right now are for the antlers to be measured again in January at TWRA’s headquarters.
Tennessee’s current state non-typical record is 244 3/8ths inches, also killed by a hunter in Sumner County in 2000.
If other certified scorers agree with Grandstaff’s conclusion, then the next phase of scoring will occur when Boone & Crockett members meet at an awards banquet in the spring of 2019.
When that happens, other certified scorers will lay tape measures to the rack and ultimately decide if Tennessee’s conclusion stands, whatever that conclusion becomes, after January 2017.
Regardless, until Nov. 7 of this year, only one free-ranging white-tailed buck harvested by a hunter with a muzzleloader had ever been certified as having more than 300 inches of antlers on its head, according to Capt. Grandstaff. That deer is the current non-typical world record killed in September of 2003 in Monroe County, Iowa.