GALLATIN, TN -- A Gallatin man's buck could break the world record for largest antlers ever measured.
Stephen Tucker killed the deer Monday morning, November 7th on a farm in Gallatin. He first spotted it in September and had been using trail cameras to follow it for two months.
"I really don't know how to explain it. I just feel very blessed," Tucker told Channel 4. "It's unbelievable to me. I just never imagined anything like this."
A Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency official measured the deer on Monday night using the official Boone and Crockett Club scoring. The buck measured 313 inches, which could break the world record if it holds for 60 days. The antlers will be measured again in January after they dry out.
"It's pretty unbelievable," Tucker added. "Who would have thought anything like that would have come out of Sumner County, Tennessee?"
Tucker took the rack to a local bank, and he's keeping it in their vault until it's measured again. He said it took two days of tracking the deer to finally shoot it.
"The first time I saw him Saturday he came out about 30 yards," he recalled. "I kind of locked up a little bit and I finally calmed myself down enough to shoot, and then my gun wouldn't shoot."
Tucker said he saw the buck again on Saturday but it was too far away for him to shoot. Finally on Monday morning he spotted the deer again and took his shot.
"A million things ran through me at that time. I was just blessed," Tucker said. "I've just been trying to calm down. It's been pretty exciting."