"Important" News: Record Buck Taken in Tennessee

Stephen Tucker, 27, of Gallatin, Tenn., killed the trophy buck with a muzzleloader in November in rural Sumner County, but a 60-day drying-out period had to take place to allow for possible shrinkage of the antlers.

That period ended Monday, and a panel of four judges measured the 47-point rack, giving

the deer a score of 312‚Öú.

That is larger than the non-typical current net world record of 307‚Öù from that Tony Lovstuen in Albia, Iowa,

killed in 2003.

That deer had 38 points.

Deer racks are measured from several angles at the farthest points using the official Boone and Crockett scoring method.

A non-typical rack is asymmetrical and does not have the same number of points on each side like a typical rack.

The measurement took place at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Tucker was allowed to watch. It took nearly four hours to complete.

Also Monday, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency declared the deer a new state record. It beat the record that Dave Wachtel set in 2000 in Sumner County; his

deer grossed 256 pounds and netted 244‚Öú.

Tucker's deer weighed about 150 pounds and was estimated to be 3¬Ω years old.

He shot the deer from about 40 yards away.

Tucker said he had the deer processed and plans to eat its meat.

Tucker said he has not yet decided what he will do with the antlers, which could be worth more than $100,000.

Tucker said he will likely have a replica of the antlers made that could be put on display.


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