It is official, there’s a new world record whitetail buck in the books and it comes from Sumner County, Tennessee.

Gallatin resident Stephen Tucker, 27, shot the trophy buck with his muzzle loader back in November, but a 60-day drying out period had to take place before officially scoring the rack.

The drying out period finally came to an end Monday, and the official score is in. The 47-point rack was measured by four Boone and Crockett judges, who gave the buck a score of 312 3/8 inches.

Tucker’s buck crushed even the non-typical current world record holder of 307 5/8 inches! That deer had 38 points.

“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 rack was scored at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Tucker was right there to witness it all. The video below is some of the footage from the measuring process, which took nearly 4 hours to complete.

“I figured it would take them a pretty good while to measure it,” Tucker told The Tennessean. “The waiting wasn’t too bad until they walked out of the room to go tally it up. That’s when I realized it was close. We were about to find something out for sure.”

Along with the world record, the TWRA also declared Tucker’s buck a new Tennessee state record as well. It practically dwarfed the previous state record set in 2000 in Sumner County by Dave Wachtel, whose deer scored 244 3/8.

The world record for a deer killed by a hunter is pending official certification, which won’t take place until the Boone and Crockett awards banquet in 2019. The date and site for the awards banquet has not yet been set.

The rack itself was said to be worth more than $100,000, after the official scoring has come out and it’s now toppled the world record books, don’t be surprised to see that price jump up a bit. Tucker has not announced his plan for the rack. He’s simply taking it all in right now and “going with the flow.”

“To be honest, I was waiting for this (score) before I put a lot of thought into it. I don’t have any specific plans for it at this point. All the phone calls and stuff had slowed down quite a bit in the last couple of weeks. I’m sure it will pick back up again after this.”

Image courtesy Tennessee Wildlife Resources Facebook

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  • JOHN

    The article states that this deer crushed even the non-typical world record score with it’s score of 312 3/8. The world record non-typical score is 333 7/8 points, the deer is known as the Missouri Monarch.

    • Ken Avin

      I really hate to say this, but I kinda wish he had just let it go, to die of old age. I am a deer hunter myself, so not a “liberal animal lover” per se, but this one is an “old fellow” if there ever was one. I congratulate the man on his record….I just love old bucks!!! I’ve let plenty go to keep the species going!!!!

      • tom

        Was this buck young enough to have many more breading seasons left?

      • Ken Avin

        Plenty of old deer still give it to young does during rut. Who knows how many more years of “screwing” the old man had???

      • Farva1987

        This deer was only 3.5 years old guys…..

      • Justin

        So if he would have walked out to you, you would have let him walk I call bs sounds like your jealous

      • Ken Avin

        Not jealous at all, young’un! Just stating what i might have done. Sorry my choice “upset” you so.

      • Richard

        Size of the rack does not depict the age of the buck, so I wouldn’t call this buck an “old fellow.” Bucks like this, they peak at ages around 5-8 years. They can live to be 20 years of age (if they are lucky) in the wild. After the 5-8 year range, older bucks have a significantly less antler mass. Don’t believe me? Research it for yourself.

      • Ken Avin

        Jesus,I just made a comment on a buck with a “non typical” rack!!! I didn’t expect to start a whole pissing match over the breeding habits of male deer of various ages…chill out man!!!

      • Louie Lpz

        Ken, all good, you might be at that stage of a hunters life, were passing up on big buck has much more personal satisfaction. I hope to get their one day, I recall that in a hunter education course they called the final stage “outdoorsman”. So far, sometimes I draw back on a buck and don’t let the arrow fly…sort of a catch and release.

        Anyhow, maybe you recall the scene in “The Deer Hunter” were Robert De Nero passes up on the shot. Albeit, as I recall the scene, that Pennsylvania Whitetail looked more like an young Elk.

      • Ken Avin

        If you keep hunting, Louie, you might get to that point. Sometimes, I just climb in the stand and watch nature, don’t even load my rifle. Especially if I already have pleanty of meat in the freezer. The only “wall hangers” I really care about nowadays is if/when my wife gets her first buck(she caught the “hunting bug” this past season”), or my grandkids, if I’m still around when they start hunting. Keeping the meat supply up and getting some “peace and quiet” out in the woods in the fall are really the only reasons I hunt anymore!!!

        I hope you have some great hunting trips in your future. Take care and good luck to you!!!

    • Garry Peterson

      Wasn’t the Missouri Monarch found dead and not killed by a hunter?

  • mensatoo

    How close is that to Oak Ridge where all the nuclear waste from WW2 isn’t accounted for ?

    • Larry342516

      Are you saying maybe this should not be a new record comparing it to other areas? How do you know what areas of this country do not have radiation? Always someone to say something Negative.

      • mensatoo

        I’m quite serious I know some of the hunters in that area and they are required to have the deer tested for radiation , I’m NOT joking ! Its a well know FACT that areas near Oak Ridge are dump sites and they are not legal radioactive sites , just pushed off the truck dump sites . Nice deer for a non typical, check out he 3 legged frogs in the area .

    • Chris in KY

      About 200 miles to the west. So probably not close enough and the wind blows in the wrong direction.

  • mensatoo

    I really don’t understand some of the statements, he legitimately got the Buck and now owns the record , PERIOD . My congratulations on that accomplishment well done.
    All these side issues of buts and if’s don’t matter one hill of beans,.

  • Matt

    All you guys saying you would have let it go are full of shit. There will be another one that is even bigger.