William Jones of Hale sights in his rifle during the Iosco Sportsmen’s Club’s Sight-In Days. The club’s two ranges, in East Tawas, along US-23, pictured above, and in Oscoda, behind the former air base along Rea Road, are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 14. Cost is $7 per gun. Michigan’s rifle deer season runs Nov. 15-30. For more information, visit

Jerry Malone

OSCODA – The winner of this year’s annual Big Buck Bonanza will once again take home more than bragging rights to the local top buck of 2017 – the lucky hunter will get to admire his or her trophy for years to come after Oak Ridge Taxidermy of Whittemore provides the winning hunter with a free shoulder mount of his or her buck, valued at $375.

One of the oldest “Big Buck” contests in northern Michigan, the area buck competition continues its deer hunting heritage this weekend as the two Iosco County local newspapers again sponsor the Oscoda Press and Iosco County News-Herald Big Buck Bonanza.

The 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 2017 firearm deer season.

This year’s grand prize is a premium quality shoulder mount, a $375 value, compliments of Oak Ridge Taxidermy of Whittemore. The deer amassing the most total points will be declared the grand prize winner. That prize is awarded based on field-dressed weight, number of antler points, and antler spread. To claim the shoulder mount prize, the grand prize winning buck must be taken to Oak Ridge Taxidermy for the mount and must be claimed within 60 days of the end of the rifle season.


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