A hunter from Gallatin, Tenn. may have bagged himself a world record buck.
Stephen Tucker shot a buck with a unique (possible understatement) 47-point rack, which totaled roughly 300 inches in length. According to wildlife officials, Tucker made his potential record-setting harvest from 40-yards away, while using a muzzleloader. He managed to bag the buck on land his family leases in Sumner County, Tennessee.
When Tucker first made the harvest back in November of 2016, state officials were skeptical of whether the record would last. All racks must sit a 60-day drying period after the harvest before being remeasured. Many racks tend to shrink during the time span.
Nevertheless, when Tucker’s second measurement came following the drying period, it had easily surpassed the previous state record. Tennessee’s standing record for non-typical dry rack measurements had stood at 244 3/8″.
Tucker’s abnormal rack required officials from the Boone and Crockett Club, North America’s big-game record organization, to spend hours making an official tabulation on the rack’s dry score. Nicknamed the “Tennessee Tucker Buck,” Tucker’s prize scored a 312 3/8″ on Boone and Crockett’s tabulation.
As a result, Tucker’s score also surpassed the previous US record of 307 5/8 held by Tony Lovsteun of Albia, Iowa.
Following the US record, the Tennessee Tucker Buck now awaits its world record measurement in 2019, at the Boone and Crockett awards banquet.
Either way, Tucker made the harvest of a lifetime that will be hard to replicate.