NASHVILLE—A deer killed in Sumner Co. this week is very likely to be the new state record non-typical whitetail and has the potential of becoming the new world record.
Stephen Tucker, 26, of Gallatin had the hunt of a lifetime or perhaps hundreds-of-thousands of lifetimes, if you count the millions of hours hunters have spent pursuing white-tailed deer through the generations.
On Monday, Tucker bagged a buck while muzzleloader hunting in Sumner Co. in Middle Tenn., and as it turns out, this deer’s unique set of antlers has 47 points totaling more than 300 inches in length. 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 impressive deer has a gross (green) score of 313 2/8ths inches. However, after subtracting deductions for reasons defined by Boone & Crockett, Capt. Grandstaff has 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, giving the Tucker Buck an excellent possibility of shattering the state record. If other certified scorers agree with Captain Grandstaff’s recent conclusion – and he noted that so far he is the only professional who has measured the rack – 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 in the Boone & Crockett Club will lay tape measures to the rack and ultimately decide if Tennessee’s conclusion stands after Jan. 9, 2017.
Regardless of the results, up 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, according to Capt. Grandstaff. That deer is the current non-typical world record killed in September of 2003 in Monroe Co., Iowa.
Will The Tennessee Tucker Buck soon join that elite company of legendary whitetails? Only time, and the meticulous hands of Boone & Crockett’s certified scorers will tell.