This potential world record whitetail is an absolute bruiser!
When I first saw the pictures of this potential world record whitetail deer, I did a double take to make sure it wasn’t some type of trick with photoshop or some kinda cellphone app that turns average deer into monsters. Well, it turns out this thing is the real deal. It was harvested last Monday morning in Sumner County, Tennessee.
According to an article in the Tennessean, Stephen Tucker of Gallatin attempted to harvest the deer on Saturday, but failed due to an unfortunate misfire. Stephen says he saw the deer later that day but was unable to get a clear shot. Wow! Talk about a hunter with a great deal of self control!
Tucker explained the incident like this:
“My thinking was the second time I saw him was as far away as he was and as big as he was, I wanted to make sure that I killed him. I didn’t want to cripple him. I said to myself, ‘If I cripple him, nobody will get to kill him.’ The last thing I wanted to do was be the guy who crippled a deer like that.”
As the story goes, the deer was about 150 yards out when he decided to let the shot pass last Saturday. Luckily for Tucker, Monday morning brought a little bit of luck with it.
Around 6:00 a.m., the same deer showed up again and provided him with a 40-yard shot!
According to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agensty District 21 Captain Dale Grandstaff, “There’s no doubt it’s going to be the new state record; I mean, that’s an absolute. As far as the world record, the rack is about an inch over the world record.”
The score measured by Gandstaff came out to be a Boone and Crockett net score of 313 2/8 gross inches and 308 3/8 after deductions. The current state record was a buck taken by Dave Wachten back in 2000. That deer grossed 256 points and netted 244 3/8.
The official standing world record whitetail came from Tony Lovstuen in Albia, Iowa. That beast of a deer rocked 38 points and boasted a net score of 307 5/8.
This is truly a one-of-a-kind deer, impressive by every standard imaginable. Who would have expected a giant like this to come out of Tennessee? I am going to have to stay on the final score given to this once-in-a-lifetime deer.
Congrats, Stephen Tucker, on an amazing world-class whitetail!