Big Buck winners announced at banquet

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Staff Writer

A large crowd of 350 hunters attended the 14th Annual Big Buck Contest on Wednesday evening at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall.
The contest is a collaboration of all three local newspapers, The Daily Press, The Ridgway Record, and The Kane Republican. This year 153 buck were entered into the contest.
A special keepsake edition is being published on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in all three local newspapers including stories on each of this year’s first-place winners. Additional copies of the tab may be purchased at local newspaper offices.
Donald Cyper, 84, of Saxonburg claimed the top prize in the contest with an 18 point buck killed on Nov. 27. He also won a prize for the oldest hunter. Cyper was awarded a $4,000 prize package including a shoulder mount from Cessna Taxidermy and $500 cash.
Robert Krug took home second place with a 15 point buck killed on Nov. 26. He won a
$1,700 prize package.
Alexis Moore, age 11, was named the mentor winner with her 11 point buck she shot on Nov. 29. Her prize included a head mount from RTR Taxidermy and prizes valued over $1,200.
As the first place, youth division winner Alexas Pfeufer won a shoulder mount from Allegheny Taxidermy and prizes valued over $1,600 for a nine-point buck she bagged on Nov. 6.
Kolton Mehalko was named the second place youth division winner with an eight-point buck killed on Nov. 26. He won prizes valued at $1,400.
Max Lehman, age 8, was recognized as the contest’s youngest hunter. He shot a spike on Dec. 1.
In addition, Meagan Rothrock and Roger Ginther were picked as the random female and male winners at the event.
The awards banquet opened with recognition of all veterans and first responders followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. A buffet dinner was prepared by the Johnsonburg Fire Department Auxiliary.
Throughout the event, raffle items, door prizes, and other random prizes were awarded along with a cash drawing, in which the winner had the opportunity to choose a charity to donate the other half of the drawing.

For more on this story, see today's publication of the Ridgway Record (Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.)