EAST TAWAS – A Standish man’s 19-point buck has won the 2019 Oscoda Press and Iosco County News-Herald Big Buck Bonanza contest.
The buck was shot by Jerry Lalond, no age given, Standish, on Nov. 15, the opening day of the firearm deer season in the Standish area of Arenac County.
His entry weighed in at 177 pounds dressed and the antlers have a 24 1/8-inch spread. As per contest points, Lalond’s buck earned the hunter 296.125 points, which is one of the largest bucks entered in quite a few years.
And as the winner of this year’s annual Big Buck Bonanza Lalond will take home more than bragging rights to the local top buck of 2019 – the lucky hunter will win a Remington Model 783 Bolt-Action 308 rifle Compact Package, valued at $399, compliments of the Iosco County News-Herald and the Oscoda Press.
The sister newspapers join hands with many Iosco County merchants to provide cash and merchandise prizes, not to mention bragging rights for a year, to the best bucks taken during the 2018 firearm deer season.
Points are awarded on total antler points, the antler spread and the weight of the dressed deer. Entries must come from either Iosco, Arenac or Alcona counties.
With the close of the contest on Nov. 30, there were 13 new entry cards. Entries were accepted at Miner’s Grove in East Tawas or Roger’s Family Foods & ACE Hardware in Oscoda.
Deer had to be shot locally, in either Iosco, Arenac or Alcona counties, regardless of the hunter’s place of residence. A point was given for each pound of dressed buck weight and for each inch of antler spread. Five points were given for each antler point on the buck.
The 13 entries received during the last week were Doug Nedo, 34, Hillman, 8-point, 170 pounds, 15-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 27 in Iosco County for 225 points; Rob Aron, 54, Mikado, 10-point, 155 pounds, 13-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 24 in Alcona County for 218 points; Tyler Moriarity, 26, Clinton Township, 8-point, 140 pounds, 16-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 28 in Arenac County’s Whitney Township for 196 points; James Dixon, 14, National City, 9-point, 127 pounds, 16 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 29 in Iosco County for 188.75 points; Eli Lefeber, 17, Mt. Calvary, 8-point, 132 pounds, 15 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 27 in Tawas Township for 187.25 points; Paul Jones, 24, Tawas City, 6-point, 130 pounds, 17 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 24 in the Plank Road area for 177.5 points; Dave Hill, 57, Tawas, 9-point, 115 pounds, 11 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 24 in Grant Township for 171.25 points; Mike Russo, 56, Tawas, 8-point, 112 pounds, 14-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 30 in the Tawas area for 166 points; Scott McDonald, 57, East Tawas, 5-point, 121 pounds, 11-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 25 in Wilber Township for 157 points; Jonathon Mikkola, 14, Tawas City, 6-point, 110 pounds, 12 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 30 in the Sterling area of Arenac County for 152.25 points; Kevin Loew, 12, Tawas City, 7-point, 105 pounds, 12-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 24 in Wilber Township for 152 points; Robert Zacharias, 67, Oscoda, spikehorn, 125 pounds, 8.25-inch spread, shot in Alcona County for 143.25 points; and Earl F. Elowsky, 62, East Tawas, 4-point, 101 pounds, 7 1/2-inch antler spread shot Nov. 30 in the Wilber Road area for 128.5 points.
Second prize of $50 from the sponsoring newspapers goes to the buck with the most antler points. Also winning the prize is Lalond with his massive 19-point buck.
There is a $25 cash prize for the youth, ages 17 and younger, with the most contest points. The prize went to Norman Olar, 12, of Pinconning, who shot an 11-point, 155-pound buck with a 15 1/2-inch antler spread in Iosco County on Nov. 16 for 225.5 contest points.
Prizes were also made available from area businesses. Other than the heaviest buck shot by a woman, entries into the contest were randomly drawn for the items. Winners will be officially notified by mail later this week. The winners are as follows:
Klenow’s Market of East Tawas, two pounds of jerky valued at $40 went to Frank Heinzman, 79, Rochester Hills, who shot an 8-point buck, weighing 135 pounds with a 13 3/4-inch antler spread on Nov. 23 in Wilber Township for 188.75 points.
Dean Arbour Ford of Tawas City, THE WORKS – includes engine oil and filter change, up to five quarts of Motorcraft Oil, rotate tires and perform multi-point inspection, valued at $49.95 went to Rick Blust, 49, Tawas City, who shot an 8-point buck, weighing 140 pounds with a 15 3/4-inch antler spread on Nov. 18 in Tawas Township for 195.75 points.
Dean Arbour Chevrolet of East Tawas, multi-point vehicle inspection, free oil change and tire rotation went to Joe Timreck, 35, East Tawas, who shot an 8-point buck, weighing 108 pounds with a 15-inch antler spread on Nov. 15 while hunting in Baldwin Township for 163 points.
Muffler Man of Tawas City, lube, oil and filter went to Tony Michalski, 44, Tawas, who shot an 8-point buck, weighing 149 pounds with a 16 1/4-inch antler spread on Nov. 16 in Grant Township for 205.25 points.
Wellman’s Party & Bait of Oscoda, $20 gift certificate (excludes beer and wine) went to Kevin Loew, 12, Tawas City, who shot a 7-point buck, weighing 105 pounds with a 12-inch antler spread on Nov. 24 in Wilber Township for 152 points.
Ed Freel’s Market of Tawas City, a $25 gift certificate for fresh meat went to Kim Dowidait, 53, Garden City, who shot a 4-point buck, weighing 115 pounds with a 12 3/4-inch antler spread on Nov. 15 while hunting in Iosco County for 147.75 points.
Tawas Do It Best Hardware of Tawas City, a $40 gift certificate for the heaviest field-dressed buck entered by a woman went to Maqrgaret Erickson, 79, AuGres, who shot an 8-point buck, weighing 155 pounds with a 15-inch antler spread, on Nov. 15 while hunting in Alabaster Township for 210 points.
AuSable Do It Best Hardware and Surplus of Oscoda, $25 gift certificate went to Jay Quarters, 46, Tawas City, who shot a 12-point buck, weighing 174 pounds with a 20-inch antler spread on Nov. 15 while hunting in Iosco County for 254 points.
Alward’s Market of Hale, five pounds of home smoked bacon valued at $35 went to Rod Perrin, 57, of Twining, who shot a 9-point buck, weighing 129 pounds with a 15 1/2-inch antler spread on Nov. 15 while hunting in Arenac County for 189.5 points.
Tawas Roofing Company of Tawas City, Outdoor Edge Wild-Lite six piece Knife Kit, valued at $44 went to Carla Johnson, 62, Hale, who shot a 7-point buck, weighing 141 pounds with a 14-inch antler spread on Nov. 15 in Reno Township for 190 points.
AuSable River Store of Oscoda, $25 gift certificate; went to Ken Nelkie, 42, Tawas, who shot an 11-point buck, weighing 160 pounds with a 14-inch antler spread on Nov. 15 in Grant Township for 229 points.
Haglund’s On the River of Oscoda, Grab Bag, valued at $25 went to Dave Demongey, 49, Highland, who shot a 7-point buck, weighing 126 pounds with a 13 3/4-inch antler spread on Nov. 16 in the Ingall Forest in Baldwin Township for 174.75 points.
Whispering Leaf Farms of Tawas City, a ton of sugar beets, or a $50 gift certificate went to Todd Thunberg, 47, Bay City, who shot a 10-point buck, weighing 120 pounds with a 19 1/4-inch antler spread on Nov. 16 in Wilber Township for 189.5 points.
Gary Oil of Oscoda, a $50 gas card went to Kim Sanford, 64, AuGres, who shot an 8-point buck, weighing 132 pounds with a 17 1/2-inch antler spread on Nov. 15 in the Tawas area for 189.5 points.
Lil Yummies Country Bakery of Whittemore, a $25 gift certificate went to Paul Jones, 24, Tawas City, who shot a 6-point buck, weighing 130 pounds with a 17 1/2-inch antler spread on Nov. 24 in the Plank Road area for 177.5 points.
Nedo’s Farm Market, Inc. of Mikado, a Hunter’s Gift Basket went to Luke Mervyn, 15, Whittemore, who shot a 9-point buck, weighing 125 pounds with a 14 1/2-inch antler spread on Nov. 15 in the Whittemore area for 184.5 points.
Tawas Bay Marine & Cycle of East Tawas, a $25 gift certificate went to Adam Loew, 34, Tawas City, who shot an 8-point buck, weighing 121 pounds with a 13 3/4-inch antler spread on Nov. 16 in the Tawas area for 174.75 points.