A Sumner County hunter is still waiting to see whether the 46-point buck he killed last month is big enough to set a world record.
Stephen Tucker of Gallatin appeared before the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency on Friday because commissioners wanted to meet the 26-year-old in person. He also brought his trophy along with him.
He says the unusual-looking antlers have been in safe storage at a bank, where they have to dry for 60 days before an official measurement. The rack has more points than the world record, but it is no more than an inch bigger in total size.
"It's going to be pretty close," Tucker said. "But I don't know how much they shrink. So it could shrink a bunch, and it might not shrink any. I've just tried not to think about it."
Either way, TWRA officials say the "Tennessee Tucker Buck," as it's being called, will definitely set a state record.
TWRA captain Dale Grandstaff said there appear to be other deer with antlers similar to those on the record buck, near where it was shot.
Tucker said he hasn't decided what to do with the rack, which could be worth as much as $100,000.