DAVISON – It was a warm weekend for hunting with the temperatures hovering around 80 by afternoon, but 31 deer were entered into the annual Youth Buck pole as part of the yearly Liberty Hunt that allows youth and disabled hunters to hunt white tailed deer. The Flint River Chapter of Safari Club International is the main sponsor of the pole at Madden’s Lounge in Davison.
Dennis Gepfrey of SCI said a lot of great prizes were donated from loyal supporters again this year. Get- N-Bigger fishing charters donated a walleye fishing trip for four people for a 1/2 day on the Saginaw Bay. Bum’s Taxidermy donated a full shoulder mount, Dourlain’s Taxidermy donated a full shoulder mount and Johnny “B” also donated a full shoulder mount. Marty Madden from Madden’s Lounge in Davison donated a youth size Savage 20 ga. shotgun and custom-made Stormy Kromer hats. Dave Larson from Larson’s Ace Hardware in Davison donated a 17 caliber HMR rifle. Others donating prizes included Otisville Gun Barn, Grab Bag Fish and Tackle, Heidi’s Market, Ed’s Archery, John Pyles Taxidermy, Conquest Deer Ranch, Nick Ruffolo, Grab Fish and Tackle, John Pyles Archery, Chris Paris Taxidermy, Beau Nash Salon, Ed’s Archery, Williams Gun Sight and Outfitters ,Chapman’s Sports Center, Hunter’s Den, Jody Hebberd, Master of Masonary and Jay’s Wild Game Processing.
The top winners at the pole were Dylan McKay, who took the Savage 20 gauge shotgun, Lauren LaClair, who took a full shoulder mount from Dourlain’s Taxidermy and Trace Engleman took a full shoulder mount from Johnny :B:’s Taxidermy. Ryan Meadors took the third shoulder mount from Bum Taxidermy in Birch Run, Eric Whiting took the 17 caliber HMR rifle from Larson’s Ace Hardware in Davison and Tim Anderson took the walleye fishing trip from Get-N-Bigger Charters. Gepfrey noted that everyone that entered a deer got some very nice prizes.