Buck pole event features 23 deer on Tuesday, Wednesday

Annual Orangecoat Round-up conducted at Skip’s Sport Shop during first two days of firearm deer hunting season on November 15-16
Hunters displayed 23 deer on the buck pole at Skip’s Sport Shop – 13 on day one and 10 on day two – during the 2022 Orangecoat Round-up event on the first two days of Michigan’s firearm deer hunting season on November 15 and 16.
November 15 featured early morning rain turning to snow in the Grayling area.
“Day one hunters experienced a drizzly, gray day, with heavier precipitation returning in the evening,” buck pole officials said.
Cheryl Lowes of Grayling brought the first deer to the buck pole at Skip’s Sport Shop during day one of the contest on Tuesday. It was a four-point with an antler score of 64 and 3/4 inches that weighed 103 pouinds. Lowes arrived at the buck pole at approximately 9 a.m. She said she shot the buck on private land in Crawford County east of town at 7:36 a.m. Lowes won prizes in three categories: first woman, first buck, and oldest hunter.
Approximately 30 minutes later, a series of hunters brought deer to the buck pole.
A buck from Bob Dixon of Grayling – a four-point – weighed 105 pounds and had an antler score of 50 and 3/4.
Dakota Millikin of Grayling brought a 145-pound buck, a 10-point with an antler score of 125 and 1/4.
A six-point buck from by Travis Schreiber of Grayling weighed 135 pounds and had an antler score of 72 and 3/4.
Jacqueline Spencer of Grayling brought a spike horn 115-pound buck that had a rack score of 35.
Garrett Jackson of Burton was next with another spike horn buck; Jackson’s deer weighed 106 pounds and had an antler score of 33. He won the prize for youngest hunter.
Connie Wickings of Vassar brought a seven-point buck that weighed 150 pounds and had an antler score of 101 and 3/4.
A buck from Bob Mitchell of Grayling – an eight-point with an antler score of 107 and 1/2 – weighed 110 pounds.
Joshua Harris of Lapeer – with the ninth deer of day one – won the prizes for heaviest buck (177 pounds) and largest rack (140 and 1/2 antler score, nine-point).
“(Harris) mentioned having a little help from technology and a friend. As Joshua sat waiting patiently to see a buck, one of his friends was hunting in a nearby parcel. Joshua’s friend watched as the big nine-point bolted through his fields, leaving his sight, headed towards where he knew Joshua was sitting. He quickly sent a text message to Joshua telling him a big one was on the way, from what direction, and to keep alert. Joshua saw the buck moments later bound toward his area and successfully harvested him,” buck pole officials said.
Andrew Martin of Grand Blanc was number 10 on day one of the buck pole with an eight-point that weighed 148 pounds and had an antler score of 81 and 1/2.
Roger Wilcox of Millington brought a 163-pound eight-point buck that had an antler score of 128 and 1/2.
A 10-point buck from John Schwark of Clinton Township weighed 132 pounds and had an antler score of 113 and 1/4.
The final buck of the day was from Jacob Meyer of Frederic; it was a six-point that weighed 140 pounds and had a rack score of 86 and 1/4.
November 15, 2022 featured the same number of deer on the buck pole as November 15, 2021.
“We did 13 last year both days. I thought we were going to do good,” said Missy Millikin of Skip’s Sport Shop. “The first seven or eight came in all at once.”
Most of day two’s bucks were harvested on November 15 and brought to the buck pole on November 16.
“The second day started slowly, with temperatures just below freezing,” buck pole officials said.
Buck pole workers reserve the number one spot on the buck pole on day two for a deer harvested on that day, and the position was vacant for a few hours.
Brooklynn Laskowski of Kalkaska won the prizes for first buck and first woman hunter with her nine-point deer that weighed 153 pounds and had a rack score of 150 inches. Laskowski brought her buck to Skip’s Sport Shop at 11:36 a.m. on Wednesday, according to buck pole officials.
A deer from Travis Hulbert of Grayling – an eight-point buck – had a rack score of 125 and 3/4 and weighed 155 pounds.
Mike Hatfield of Grayling brought an eight-point buck that weighed 155 pounds; it had an antler score of 137 inches.
Nicholas Schneider of St. Helen – at six years old – won the youngest hunter award on day two of the competition. Schneider’s buck – an eight-point – weighed 135 pounds and had a rack score of 106.
Ed Raver of Clay, MI brought a 135-pound eight-point buck that had an antler score of 117 and 1/4.
Tim Sheldon brought two bucks: a 185-pound 13-point with a rack score of 151, and a 155-pound eight-point with a rack score of 128 and 1/2. With the 185-pound buck, Sheldon won the day’s heaviest buck award and largest rack award. Sheldon also won the 2022 Orangecoat Round-up event’s grand prize – a scoped rifle – for having the buck with the largest rack during the two-day event.
A buck from Dave Hinman of Lake Orion – a six-point – weighed 130 pounds and had an antler score of 61 and 1/2.
Chris Pippin of Frederic brought a 180-pound eight-point buck that had an antler score of 144 and 3/4.
The buck pole’s final deer – a three-point from Braden Schreiber – weighed 135 pounds and had a rack score of 46 and 1/2. It was the 10th buck of day two of the competition.
The 2021 buck pole featured 26 deer (13 on day one, 13 on day two), a few more than this year.
“Yesterday we hung 10. It wasn’t too far off (of last year),” said Jack Millikin of Skip’s Sport Shop.
Snow over the course of the two-day event may have been beneficial for tracking conditions but it also caused poor road conditions at times.
“After a weekend of warm weather the opening days of firearm deer season began with wintery conditions and fresh snow on the ground. Hunters faced icy roads and windy conditions,” buck pole officials said.
The Camp Grayling Conservation Club conducted the antler measuring and hanging of the bucks during this year’s Orangecoat Round-up.
“The Camp Grayling Conservation Club stops hanging deer at 5 p.m. and they are taken down at 7 p.m., giving everyone a chance to see all of the deer. For 29 years the Camp Grayling Conservation Club has sponsored the running of the buck pole. Prizes are awarded in various categories such as first buck for the day or youngest hunter. The deer are measured, weighed, and scored by taking into account the total measure of the spread and number of points each deer has. The scoring system determines the overall winner for the best buck taken in the two days. It is possible to win a prize in more than one category,” buck pole officials said.

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