It was a long 60 days but the time has finally come to see if the Tucker Buck would be the new world record hunter killed whitetail. A Boone and Crockett panel of four judges measured the 47-point rack, giving the deer a score of 312⅜. That beat the old record of 307⅝ from that Tony Lovstuen in Albia, Iowa, killed in 2003.
Stephen Tucker of Gallatin killed the 47 point monster with a muzzleloader in November in rural Sumner County, Tennessee. He killed the deer on a farm his family has leased for 40 years. Tucker’s deer weighed about 150 pounds and was estimated to be 3½ years old. He shot the deer from about 40 yards away.
“I just tried not to think about whether it was the world record or not during the drying out period,” Tucker said. “The last week was probably the worst part of the whole time. I didn’t want to get myself real worked up about it because I didn’t want to be let down if it wasn’t the record. I just kept telling myself, “It’s going to be what it’s going to be.”
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency declared the deer a new Tennessee state record. It beat the record that Dave Wachtel set in 2000 with a score of 244⅜. Tucker is not sure what he is going to do with the antlers that are estimated to be worth $100,000.
“I’m just going to go with the flow,” Tucker said.” To be honest, I was waiting for this (score) before I put a lot of thought into it. …”