47 points that bucked history

Millions of Americans out there are fans of deer hunting.

Think about the best hunting trip you’ve ever had.

Bet it didn’t come close to this record breaking story…

From The New York Times:


On the first day of deer hunting season, Stephen Tucker, a 27-year-old farmer in Tennessee, shouldered his muzzleloader and aimed at a whitetail with an extraordinary rack, one so big that it would be a world record if his aim was true.

“I’ve never ever seen anything like that,” Tucker said.

“When I squeezed, all that went off was the primer cap,” he said. The deer fled.

Two days later, though, on Nov. 7, Tucker got another chance when he spotted the deer at dawn. This time, he got his buck. It was big, but how big? “I thought maybe a state record, but not a world record,” he said.

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Tucker’s whitetail had an amazing 47 points, but its final score and whether it qualified for a record would have to wait until this month. Antlers shrink as they dry, so official measurements are not taken for 60 days.

When the full rack was scored, the total was 312 ⅜ inches. That made it the highest-scoring buck ever shot by a hunter. The previous record, 307 ⅝, was set in Iowa in 2003 by 15-year-old Tony Lovstuen, also with a muzzleloader.

Pretty impressive.

It isn’t every day you come across a deer like that.

What’s your best hunting story?

Let us know below!


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