World Record Whitetail? 47-Pointer Passes Re-Test

The pending world record whitetail buck taken late last year in Tennessee cleared another hurdle this week toward becoming official.

Stephen Tucker's 47-point non-typical buck was re-scored this week in Tennessee and is still in world record range. (Tennessee Wildlife Resources image)

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said on Facebook that the 47-point non-typical buck taken by Stephen Tucker of Gallatin, Tenn., in November, was re-scored Monday in Nashville, slightly lower than the first dry score assessed last month, but still in the world-record category.

"Score of Tucker Buck that will officially go to Boone & Crockett in 2019 is 312 0/8. Congrats again to Tennessee's Stephen Tucker."  — Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Twitter

If official, the score -- which still has to go before full Boone & Crockett panels — betters the existing non-typical world record whitetail mark of 307 5/8 set in 2003 by Tony Lovsteun (age 15 at the time) in Albia, Iowa. But for now, TWRA said paperwork can be submitted "with B & C knowing our scorers adhered to all rules."

The agency said the buck was re-scored Monday with Tucker in attendance. The buck green-scored 313 after Tucker killed the buck with a muzzleloader in November in Sumner County, then 312 3/8 last month following the 60-day drying out period.

Rack from Stephen Tucker's 47-point non-typical buck. (Tennessee Wildlife Resources image)

"There were a few questions about the rack, as can be expected on such a difficult rack to score, and B & C [Justin Spring] came down from Montana," TWRA said on Facebook, explaining why the re-score was held.

Spring, B&C's director of big game records, looked on as Monday's re-score took place.

Monday's scoring of the Tennessee Tucker Buck (Tennessee Wildlife Resources image)

"When we added everything up, it [the Tucker Buck score] still came up only 3/8 inches less than the score in January," Spring told North American Whitetail magazine. "There were a few changes '“ some additions, some substractions '“ but there were none that made a dramatic difference. It's a very impressive rack."

The Tucker Buck is only the sixth non-typical buck ever taken that scored more than 300 inches, North American Whitetail reported. Two other non-typical bucks scored more than Tucker's total, but neither was killed by a hunter. One measuring 333 7/8 was found dead outside St. Louis, Missouri in 1981. Another, in 1940, was found dead near rail lines in Ohio and scored 328 2/8.

According to the magazine, Tucker's record is pending until the B&C's 30th Big Game Awards in 2019, when two panels of judges will examine the rack once again and formally announce its final score.

Possible record buck: Stephen Tucker's 47-point buck scored 312 3/8 inches in January by Boone & Crockett officials. (TWRA image)
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