CURRENT LEADER

Jerry Lalond of Standish, shot this massive 19-point buck Nov. 15 while hunting in the Standish area of Arenac County. The buck dressed out at 177 pounds and the antlers have a 24 1/8-inch spread for 296.125 points to lead the Big Buck Bonanza.

EAST TAWAS – A Standish man’s massive 19-point buck is the current leader in 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.

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.

The second largest deer recorded so far belongs to Jay Quarters, 46, Tawas City, who shot a 12-point in Iosco County, weighing 174 pounds with a 20-inch antler spread for 254 contest points.

For youths, the largest entered in the contest so far is by Norman Olar, 12, Pinconning, 11-point, 155 pounds, 15 1/2-inch spread, shot in Iosco County on Nov. 16 for 225.5 points.

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 2018 – 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.

Second prize of $50 from the sponsoring newspapers goes to the buck with the most antler points.   

There is a $25 cash prize for the youth, ages 17 and younger, with the most contest points.

Other deer that scored at least 200 points were Jason Johnson, 37, Tawas City, 9 points, 190 pounds, 16 1/4-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in Arenac County for 251.25 points; Dave Childs, 54, Standish, 9 points, 176 pounds, 17 3/4-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in Arenac County for 238.75 points; Michael Penn, 32, Tawas, 10 points, 170 pounds, 18-inch spread, shot Nov. 16 in Grant Township for 238 points; Brian Janego, 30, East Tawas, 10 points, 169 pounds, 18 1/2-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in Iosco County for 237.5 points; Dave Childs, 54, of Standish, second buck, 10 points, 164 pounds, 17-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in Arenac County for 231 points; Ken Nelkie, 42, Tawas, 11 points, 160 pounds, 14-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in Grant Township for 229 points; David Tack, 42, Pontiac, 9 points, 155 pounds, 19 7/8-inch spread, shot Nov. 16 in Baldwin Township for 219.875 points; Nathan Beach, 25, Prescott, 10 points, 155 pounds, 14 1/2-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Turner area of Arenac County for 219.5 points; Margaret Erickson, 29, AuGres, 8 points, 155 pounds, 15-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in Alabaster Township for 210 points; Gary Ulman, 77, East Tawas, 8 points, 151 pounds, 18 1/2-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in Tawas Township for 209.5 points; Rachel Michalski, 37, Tawas, 8 points, 150 pounds, 17 1/4-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Tawas area for 207.25 points; Gene Barry, 59, Tawas City, 9 points, 145 pounds, 17-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in Arenac County for 207 points; Rob Stover, 38, Westland, 10 points, 143 pounds, 13 3/4-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Tawas area for 206.75 points; Ken Whitford, 57, Tawas, 8 points, 151 pounds, 14 1/2-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in Iosco County for 205.5 points; Tony Machalski, 44, Tawas, 8 points, 149 points, 16 1/4-inch spread, shot Nov. 16 in Grant Township for 205.25 points; Mike McCarley, 66, Tawas City, 10 points, 138 pounds, 15 1/2-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Tawas area for 203.5 points; Bill Leslie, 50, Tawas City, 8 points, 146 pounds, 16 1/4-inch spread, shot Nov. 16 in Iosco County for 202.25 points; Mike Addison, 39, New Baltimore, 8 points, 148 pounds, 13 3/4-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Tawas area for 201.75 points; Kyle Indreica, 13, Tawas City, 9 points, 138 pounds, 181/2-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Whittemore area for 201.5 points; Ed Klenow, 46, Tawas, 8 points, 142 pounds, 18 1/4-inch spread, shot Nov. 16 in Tawas Township for 200.25 points; and Bob Walter, 42, National City, 8 points, 145 pounds, 15 1/4-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Hale area for 200.25 points. 

Successful hunters who scored less than 200 contest points and turned in cards will be listed in next week’s edition.

Rules for the contest are simple.  Any buck shot in Iosco, Alcona, or Arenac counties between Nov. 15-30 is eligible, regardless of the hunter’s place of residence.

The biggest buck winner is the buck which gets the most total points under the contest point system.

The scoring system awards one point for each pound of field dressed weight, one point per inch for each inch of antler spread at their widest point and five points each for each point on the antlers.  To be counted as a point on the rack, the protrusion must be at least one-half inch long.  

For example, a 141-pound field dressed buck with a eight-point rack and a 14-inch spread would total 195 contest points.

And everyone who enters their buck has a chance of winning one of the many cash and merchandise prizes offered by local merchants.

All of the remaining contest prizes from the various merchants are awarded based on a random drawing at the end of the season from the cards of all those who entered the contest by taking their deer to a contest weigh station.

Those weigh-in and registration stations are located at Miner’s Grove Party Store, located at the corner of Miller and Wilber roads in East Tawas and Roger’s Family Foods & ACE Hardware, 5112 N. US-23 in Oscoda. Weigh stations ask that if possible, you bring along a friend to help get your trophy hung up on the scales.

Winners of all of the prizes will be announced in the edition following the closing of the rifle season on Nov. 30. Winners also will be contacted by mail.

Prizes offered by local merchants in the contest include: 

Klenow’s Market  of East Tawas, two pounds of jerky valued at $40;

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;

Dean Arbour Chevrolet of East Tawas, multi-point vehicle inspection, free oil change and tire rotation;

Muffler Man of Tawas City, lube, oil and filter;

Wellman’s Party & Bait of Oscoda, $20 gift certificate (excludes beer and wine);

Ed Freel’s Market of Tawas City, a $25 gift certificate for fresh meat;

Tawas Do It Best Hardware of Tawas City, a $40 gift certificate for the heaviest field-dressed buck entered by a woman;

AuSable Do It Best Hardware and Surplus of Oscoda, $25 gift certificate;

Alward’s Market of Hale, five pounds of home smoked bacon valued at $35;

Tawas Roofing Company of Tawas City,  Outdoor Edge Wild-Lite six piece Knife Kit, valued at $44;

AuSable River Store of Oscoda, $25 gift certificate;

Haglund’s On the River of Oscoda, Grab Bag, valued at $25;

Whispering Leaf Farms of Tawas City, a ton of sugar beets, or a $50 gift certificate;

Gary Oil of Oscoda, a $50 gas card;

Lil Yummies Country Bakery of Whittemore, a $25 gift certificate;

Nedo’s Farm Market, Inc. of Mikado, a Hunter’s Gift Basket;

Tawas Bay Marine & Cycle of East Tawas, a $25 gift certificate.