The buck had an unusual set of antlers with 47 points. His rack was unusual enough to catch the attention of Dale Grandstaff, a captain for TWRA.
"When I first saw the buck, I thought, 'This is going to be a state record for sure,' because it had about the same number of points as our standing record," Grandstaff said. "But it surprised me when I measured it and it went above 300 inches."
Grandstaff measured the antlers at its farthest points using Boone and Crockett Club requirements for non-typical racks. The rack measured in at 313 and 2/8ths inches. That score fell to 303 and 3/8ths inches after accounting for deductions defined by Boone and Crockett.
"That is something you just don't ever expect to measure as a certified scorer," Grandstaff said.
Tucker told The Tennessean that he bagged the trophy deer two days after he first fired a gun in its direction. The buck got away Saturday after Tucker's gun misfired.
He spotted the deer again later that day, but thought he was too far away to fire a clean shot.
"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," he told The Tennessean. "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."
Tucker spotted the deer again around 6 a.m. Monday. He fired a shot from about 40 yards away, killing the buck.
A hunter in Sumner County bagged a deer with antlers that measured 244 and 3/8ths inches in 2000, setting the state's record for non-typical racks. An Iowa hunter holds the world record for non-typical racks after bagging a deer with antlers that measured 307 and 5/8ths inches.
The antlers on the buck taken by Tucker will be measured again in January, after a required 60-day drying period, to determine whether the rack breaks the state or world records.