GRANT 10

Michael Penn of Hemlock shot this 10-point buck, weighing 170 pounds with an 18-inch antler spread on Nov. 16 while hunting in Grant Township.

by John Morris

EAST TAWAS – A Standish man’s 19-point buck continues to lead 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 now belongs to Clinton VanSickle, 67, Bay City, who shot a 10-point buck with a 17 1/2-inch antler spread and a field dress weight of 190 pounds on Nov. 19 in Alcona County for 257.50 contest 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.

Enteries for this week scoring 200 or more contest points are Herb Langeggor, 63, Clinton Township, 14 point, 155 pounds, 20 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Oscoda area for 245.5 points; Jayden Eberline, 12, Oscoda, 6 poin, 170 pounds, 15-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Lincoln area of Alcona County for 215 points; Bryant Kinney, 41, Turner, 8 point, 155 pounds, 17 1/2-inch antler spread shot Nov. 18 in the Whittemore area for 212.5 points; Norman Lendzion, 77, Byron, 8 point, 150 pounds, 17 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 18 in Baldwin Township for 207.25 points; Jeremy Michael, 47, Durant, 10-point, 138 pounds, 17-inch antler spread, shot, Nov. 15 in Wilber Township for 205 points; Scott Frank, 44, East Tawas, 8 point, 143 pounds, 19-inch spread, shot Nov. 17 in the East Tawas area for 202 points; and T.J. Edmonds, 39, National City, 8 point, 145 pounds, 16-inch antler spred, shot Nov. 15 in the Mikado area of Alcona County for 201 points.

Other entries for this week are Rick Blust, 49, Tawas City, 8 point, 140 pounds, 15 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 18 in Tawas Township for 195.75 points; Todd Thunberg, 47, Bay City, 10 point, 120 pounds, 19 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in Wilber Township for 189.5 points; Frank Heinzman, 79, Rochester Hills, 8 point, 135 pounds, 13 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 23 in Wilber Township for 188.75 points; Austin Briggs, 22, Tawas City, 7 point, 136 pounds, 15 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 18 in Grant Township for 186.75 points; Tom Schumacher, 55, Highland, 8 point, 128 pounds, 17-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 21 in Tawas Township for 185 points; Bob Vamos Jr., 53, Davison, 7 point, 130 pounds, 13-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Iosco County for 178 points; Wayne Jones, 58, Auburn, 8 point, 120 pounds, 15 7/8-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 17 in Wilber Township for 175.875 points; Matthew Krumm, 25, Tawas City, 8 point, 118 pounds, 15 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 18 in Tawas Township for 173.75 points; Andrew Nelkie, 18, Tawas City, 7 point, 125 pounds, 13 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 21 in Tawas Township for 173.25 points;  Dave Thunberg, 70, East Tawas, 8 point, 116 pounds, 15-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in Wilber Township for 171 points; Mitchell Vamos, 16, Davison, 6 point, 130 pounds, 10 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Iosco County for 170.5 points; Todd Thunberg, 47, Bay City, 7 point, 119 pounds, 13-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in Wilber Township for 167 points; Bryan Templeton, 45, Davison, 8 point, 113 pounds, 12 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 22 in Wilber Township for 165.25 points; Joshua Herger, 28, Otisville, 5 point, 110 pounds, 10 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 17 in Wilber Township for 155.5 points; Matt Kushner, 62, Tawas Township, 6 point, 113 pounds, 12 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 23 in Tawas Township for 155.25 points; Alex Loew, 29, East Tawas, 8 point, 100 pounds, 14-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 23 in Iosco County for 154 points; Patrick Jones, 27, Garden City, 6 point, 111 pounds, 9-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 17 in Tawas Township for 150 points; Ed Minnery, 67, Tawas, 5 point, 110 pounds, 6 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 21 in Tawas Township for 141.75 points; Greg Schuyles, 31, Garden City, 6 point, 102 pounds, 7 1/8-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in Tawas Township for 139.125 points; Russ Nelkie, 75, Tawas City, 4 point, 108 pounds, 8 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 21 in the Tawas area for  136.75 points; and Dennis Frank, 72, East Tawas, 5 point, 88 pounds, 10-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in Alabaster Township for 133 points.

Cards turned in last week under 200 contest points include Nathan Beach, 25, Prescott, 10 point, 134 pounds, 15-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Turner area of Arenac County for 199 points; Michele Stickton, 51, Tawas, 8 point, 136 pounds, 17 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Sherman Township for 193.25 contest points; Dale Kendall, 61, Tawas City, 8 point, 138 points, 15 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Tawas Township for 193.25 points; Abbie Cadorette, 24, Tawas, 8 point, 138 pounds, 15-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Tawas area for 193 points; Jake Gentges, 28, Tawas, 9 point, 132 pounds, 15 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Wilber Township for 192.75 points; Abby Colburn, 17, Tawas City, 8 point, 134 pounds, 17 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Tawas City area for 191.5 points. Jim Nelkie, 70, East Tawas, 9-point, 136 pounds, 10 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Wilber Township for 191.25 points; Jason Klish, 28, Tawas City, 9 point, 130 pounds, 15-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in Tawas Township for 190 points; Carla Johnson, 62, Hale, 7 point, 141 pounds, 14-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Reno Township for 190 points; Kim Sanford, 64, AuGres, 8 point, 132 pounds, 17 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Tawas area for 189.5 points; Rod Perrin, 57, Twining, 9 point, 129 pounds, 15 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Arenac County for 189.5 points; Brady Perrin, 12, Whittemore, 8 point, 130 pounds, 18 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Arenac County for 188.5 points; Jeff Archambeau, 68, Tawas City, 8 point, 136 pounds, 12-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in Arenac County for 188 points; Tom Lenhardt, 59, DeWitt, 8 point, 132 pounds, 15 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in the Tawas area for 187.5 points; Adrianne Dittenbir, 39, AuGres, 8 point, 133 pounds, 14 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the AuGres area for 187.25 points; Robert Huhnan, 28, East Tawas, 8 point, 134 pounds, 13 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in Tuttle Marsh for 187.25 points; Ron Dunning, 56, Fenton, 8 point, 134 pounds, 13-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Wilber Township  for 187 points; Darrin Wilson, 32, AuGres, 11 point, 115 pounds, 16 1/4-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Wilber Road area for 186.25 points; Albert Kraenzlein, 54, National City, 8 point, 129 pounds, 16-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the National City area for 185 points; Daryl Johnson, 65, Hale, 7 point, 134 pounds, 15 3/4 inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 i Reno Township for 184.75 points; Shawna Trombley, 20, Columbiaville, 8 point, 132 pounds, 12 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Tawas area for 184.5 points; Luke Mervyn, 15, Whittemore, 9 point, 125 pounds, 14 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Whittemore area for 184.5 points; Jack Cadorette, 65, East Tawas, 8 point, 128 pounds, 15 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Wilber Township for 183.75 points; Cameron Bragg, 20, Prescott, 7 point, 135 pounds, 13 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Turner area of Arenac County for 183.5 points; Chris Armstrong, 39, White Lake, 8 point, 125 pounds, 17-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 north of Tuttle Marsh for 182 points; Zach Moran, 21, Hubbard Lake, 8 point, 130 pounds, 12-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Hubbard Lake area for 182 points; Josh Groan, 44, Whittemore, 8 point, 137 pounds, 15-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Iosco County for 182 points; Eddie Klenow, 17, Tawas City, 7 point, 133 pounds, 12 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Tawas Township for 180.75 points; Cory Simmons, 38, East Tawas, 7 point, 132 pounds, 13-inchantler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Tawas area for 180 points; Mason Michalski, 10, Tawas, 8 point, 121 pounds, 15 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in Grant Township for 176.25 points;  Phil Babe, 74, East Tawas, 6 point, 113 pounds, 13-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in Wilber Township; Preston Muckenthaler, 10, Turner. 6 point, 134 pounds, 12-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 im Sherman Township for 176 points; Kris Zubek, 52, Tawas City, 8 point, 120 pounds, 15-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Tawas area for 175 points; Quentin Johnson, 29, Hale, 8 point, 121 pounds, 14-inch spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Hale area for 175 points; Adam Loew, 34, Tawas City, 8 point, 121 pounds, 13 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in the Tawas area for 174.75 contest points; Dave Demongey, 49, Highland, 7 point, 126 pounds, 13 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in Baldwin Township in the Ingall Forest for 174.75 points; Josh Tabot, 26, Milford, 6 point, 130 pounds, 13 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov.15 in Wilber Township for 173.75 points; Rodney Whitford, 55, Tawas City, 8 point, 118 pounds, 15 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov.15 in Wilber Township for 173.75 points; John D. Sanders III, 26, Tawas City, 7 point, 125 pounds, 12 5/8-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in Baldwin Townshipp in the Ingall Forest for 172.625 points; Donald Gingerich, 30, East Tawas, 8 point, 119 pounds, 13 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov.15 in the Tawas City area for 172.5 points; Tony Schalm, 62, East Tawas, 4 point, 139 pounds, 12-inch antler spread, shot Nov.16 in Tawas Township for 171 points; Kelly Arthur, 40, Auburn, 8 point, 115 pounds, 15 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Wilber Township for 170.75 points; Greg Mulholland, 45, Fostoria, 6 point, 125 pounds, 15 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in Tuttle Marsh for 170.25 points; Hannah Russo, 19, Tawas, 7 point, 122 pounds, 9 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov.16 in the Tawas area for 166.75 points; Daniel Johnson, 50, Chesterfield, 6 point, 125 pounds, 10 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov.15 in Wilber Township for 165.5 points; Tim Jones, 60, Tawas City, 8 point, 112 pounds, 13 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in the Plank Road area for 165.25 points; Ryder Michalski, 9, Tawas, 6 point, 123 pounds, 12-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Grant Township; Ron Dunning, 56, Fenton, 7 point, 115 pounds, 13 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Wilber Township for 163.75 points; Tanner West, 22, Liberty Township, 8 point, 111 pounds, 12-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in the Tawas area for 163 points; Joe Timreck, 35, East Tawas, 8 point, 108 pounds, 15-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Baldwin Township for 163 points; Steve Salters, 34, Brooklyn, 7 point, 114 pounds, 14-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Tawas area for 163 points; Jim Galarno, 60, St. Charles, 8 point, 110 pounds, 13-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Anderson Road area for 163 points; Rick Gascagne, 32, National City, 8 point, 110 pounds, 11-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Tawas City area for 161 points; Kurt Sias, 59, Tawas, 5 point, 121 pounds, 12-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Grant Township for 158 points; Brent Korzecki, 41, Saginaw, 8 point, 102 pounds, 15-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the National City area for 157 points; Rick Roberts, 24, Sterling Heights, 9 point, 100 pounds, 12-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Wilber Township for 157 points; Dennis Revord, 61, East Tawas, 7 point, 104 pounds, 15 5/8-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Grant Township for 154.625 points; Rick Schwartz, 65, East Tawas, 8 point, 102 pounds, 12-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Wilber Township;Brad Henry, 43, Mount Pleasant, 6 point, 109 pounds, 12 1/2-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Wilber Township; Nick Mieman, 41, Blissfield, 4 point, 122 pounds, 6-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Wilber Township for 148 points; Kim Dowidait, 53, Garden City, 4 point, 115 pounds, 12 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Iosco County for 147.75 points; Ann Woelke, 63, East Tawas, 5 point, 110 pounds, 12 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Wilber Township for 147.25 points; Dave Fritz, 69, Blissfield, 6 point, 105 pounds, 11 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Wilber Township for 146.25 points; Alden McShane, 14, Tawas City, 4 point, 112 pounds, 9 3.4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in the Rempert Road area of Tawas for 141.75 points; Kevin Smith, 51, East Tawas, 6 point, 94 pounds, 8 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Iosco County for 132.25 points; Ryan Whilden, 33, Grandville, 7 point, 85 pounds, 8 1/8-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in Alcona County in the Huron National Forest for 128.125 points; Chance LaPointe, 10, West Bloomfield, 4 point, 95 pounds, 6 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 16 in the Alger area of Arenac County; Matthew Richards, 9, Tawas, 4 point, 90 pounds, 8 3/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 in Plainfield Township for 118.75 points; and Neil Randall, 69, Durand, spikehorn, 90 pounds, 7 1/4-inch antler spread, shot Nov. 15 on state land in Baldwin Township for 107.25 points.

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.