2012-11-15 / Front Page

Buck poles can add to success

Along with excellent deer hunting in the Roscommon County area, successful deer hunters will have a chance to show off their bucks and win cash prizes at buck poles in Roscommon, Houghton Lake and St. Helen this season.

Roscommon

The annual Roscommon Buck Pole will be held on opening day at Fred’s of Roscommon, and this year offers over $1,200 in cash prizes. The pole opens at 7 a.m. on Nov. 15 and closes at dark, and all deer entered must hang a minimum of three hours. Cash prizes, which will be awarded at 6 p.m., will include $200 each for the first buck on the pole, largest rack and heaviest deer, $100 for the first woman to register a buck and $25 each for the next 20 deer on the pole.

There will also be $25 prizes for the oldest and youngest hunters who register bucks. This year’s contest is being sponsored by over 50 area businesses. Call Fred’s at 275-6565.

Houghton Lake

Pop-A-Top Party Shop at 2969 West Houghton Lake Dr. (M-55), next to Buccilli’s Pizza, is offering cash prizes for the first buck on their pole, first doe, biggest rack, the first youth under 16 to bring in a deer. Owner Jennifer Holbrook said there will be giveaways and a bonfire available.

Contact Pop-A-Top at 366-9909.

St. Helen

Malcolm’s Tackle Box in St. Helen opened with the start of archery season Oct. 1 and will continue through black powder season, which ends Dec. 23.

Owner David Malcolm said the 12 hunters who bag the “best bucks of the entire hunting season” will win cash prizes, based on rack size. Bucks must be measured at Malcolm’s and hang on the pole three hours.

Area businesses are sponsoring the contest, and Malcolm said that this year’s bow season has produced more deer than ever before.

Malcolm’s opens at 8 a.m. Call 389- 2100.

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