Buck pole event to be held during firearm deer hunting opener
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Grayling’s annual Orangecoat Round-up event – slated for next week during the first two days of firearm deer hunting season – will give hunters an opportunity to win cash prizes and display their deer at the buck pole at Skip’s Sport Shop.
The 2017 Orangecoat Round-up – conducted by the Camp Grayling Conservation Club – will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15 and 16.
This year’s prize categories for the Orangecoat Round-up are the same as in years past.
“I think we’ve got a good setup on it,” said Jack Millikin of Skip’s Sport Shop.
This year’s categories are: first deer, first 10 deer, first female hunter, youngest hunter, oldest hunter, heaviest buck, and biggest rack. Cash prizes will be awarded in those categories on both days of the event.
“The prizes are separate for both days. If you hang a buck at all, you’ll win a prize,” Millikin said.
The grand prize, awarded to the hunter whose buck has the largest rack over the course of the two-day competition, will be a scoped rifle.
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, and other area businesses.
Archery deer hunting season – which runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 14 – is currently underway. Millikin said archery hunters have had a successful season so far.
“It’s been really good. Bucks bigger than they’ve ever been, as far as rack size. Guys that have been out have had a lot of success,” Millikin said.
Millikin said the light winds and steady predictable winds, plus several days of mild temperatures, helped hunters during archery season.
Will the success carry over into the firearm deer hunting season?
“The rut is going to be spot on as far as on the opener, which will be good. We’ve got a little bit of pre-rut starting now,” Millikin said. “I think they’re calling for not extreme (weather) conditions. Rainy conditions might keep the hunters a little more indoors. Time will tell. It’s too early to predict.”