Buck pole event to help kick off firearm deer hunting season
Hunters can win prizes, display their deer during annual Orangecoat Round-up event at Skip’s Sports Shop
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The Orangecoat Round-up in Grayling – an event that will give hunters an opportunity to win cash prizes and display their deer at the buck pole at Skip’s Sport Shop – will be held on the first two days of firearm deer hunting season, November 15 and 16, next week.
To participate in the buck pole event, hunters must have an Orangecoat Round-up button. Buttons are available at Skip’s Sport Shop, located on M-72 West. Cost is $3 apiece.
The 2018 Orangecoat Round-up – conducted by the Camp Grayling Conservation Club – will feature the same prize categories as in years past: first deer, first 10 deer, first female hunter, youngest hunter, oldest hunter, heaviest buck, and largest rack. Cash prizes will be awarded in those categories on both days of the buck pole event.
Jack Millikin of Skip’s Sport Shop said any hunter who displays “any size legal buck” during the Orangecoat Round-up will win a prize.
The grand prize for this year’s buck pole event – awarded to the hunter whose buck has the largest rack over the course of the two-day competition – will be a scoped rifle.
Archery deer hunting season, which started on October 1, is currently underway. Millikin said archery hunters have not had as much success as usual.
“It’s probably a little bit slower than normal,” Millikin said. “The bucks are big though.”
Millikin said archery hunters have captured images on trail cameras of some very large bucks, and bow hunters have been seeing a lot of signs that mating season is near, so bucks should be active.
“The last 10 days, with the weather getting colder, the harvest has improved,” Millikin said. “Unless we get torrential rain it should be a pretty good opener.”
The regular firearm deer hunting season in Michigan runs from November 15 through November 30.