A prize-winning buck and more on ethanol


It’s highly likely that trophy deer hunters will be seeing, on flat screen and in HD, the actual arrowing of a massive Ohio buck taken recently near Junction City, Ohio by Dan Coffman, a member of The Break TV team.

Monster buck

Coffman’s big buck may out-measure the famous Beatty Buck, a whitetail that sported massive headgear which scored 294 inches, a net score after deduction.

The Beatty Buck, so named by the lucky hunter who killed it, was taken in Greene County, Ohio. Coffman’s deer may net as much as 296 inches which would land it solidly ahead of the Beatty Buck.

Coffman’s monster buck was known by him long before archery season. Coffman even notified the county game protector that he intended to hunt the record book animal and to expect a call to see the buck if and when he was successful.

Careful tactics

The fact that the Division of Wildlife game official was able to inspect the buck and the conditions of the harvest takes the wind out of doubters who always suspect some sort of cheating to be involved. It’s hard to blame doubters since more than one big-headed deer has been taken under questionable conditions.

Coffman claims that the buck was 100% free ranging on private property. He smartly went to the trouble of informing neighboring land owners that he was hunting the buck and might need permission to enter their property to recover the animal. Many trophy deer are targeted by serious hunters who plan and strategize their efforts, but none have done a better job of it than Coffman.

More on ethanol

Boat owners especially are crying foul as they deal with engine problems caused by ethanol gasoline. Professionals in the know suggest that boat owners purchase ethanol free fuel if it is available. And yes, it is available at a premium price at a few filling stations.

On average, ethanol-free gas is one dollar per gallon more. But besides being ethanol-free, “real” gas is 90 octane which typically gives better performance and improved efficiency.

Safety measures

When it comes to winter storage, fuel tanks should be stored full or empty. That plus adding stabilizing additive can lessen the odds of future damage. It is also a good idea to replace older gas lines with new products that do not suffer the effects of ethanol.

There is a growing awareness of the costly damages caused by ethanol and many groups are actively lobbying for corrective measures by Federal lawmakers.


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Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin. Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.



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