Tennessee whitetail is new Boone and Crockett world record

Stephen Tucker of Sumner County, Tenn. poses with the world record non-typical, hunter-killed whitetail deer.

Non-typical buck had small rack, many points

A Tennessee hunter’s 47-point whitetail buck has officially been accepted as the new hunter-taken, non-typical world record by the Boone and Crockett Club after being scored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s B&C scorers.

Stephen Tucker killed the deer in Sumner County, TN. in early November. After the mandatory drying period, the rack scored an incredible 312-0/8. Only two racks have ever scored higher, and those were both from deer that were found dead in non-hunting situations.

While Tennessee holds several fishing-related world records, this is the Volunteer State’s first hunting world record. Tucker’s buck unseated the previous non-typical whitetail record, a 307-5/8 killed in Iowa 14 years ago, by several inches.

One of the most unique aspects of this deer’s record-breaking rack, according to Boone and Crockett’s director of big game records Justin Spring, is the relatively small size of the rack, which sported just a 14 1/8-inch inside spread.

See the official Boone and Crockett score sheet and a video of what officials called the difficult scoring session here.

South Carolina’s biggest non-typical buck ever taken by a hunter scored 208-5/8, and was killed in 1971 by John Wood in Beaufort County. North Carolina’s biggest non-typical killed by a hunter was taken in 1998 from Person County by Don Rockett, and it scored 228-4/8.

North Carolina hunters wishing to have deer scored will have a great chance at the 2017 Dixie Deer Classic, which takes place early next month.

South Carolina hunters can click here to see a list of upcoming scoring sessions across the Palmetto State.

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