Opening day is Tuesday; buck poles open at 7 a.m.

GENESEE COUNTY — Madden’s Lounge in Davison will kick off the 13th season of the Genesee County buck pole on Tuesday, the traditional opening day of the firearms deer hunting season.

Sponsored by the Flint Chapter of Safari Club International, Williams Gun Sight and Outfitters and Madden’s Lounge, awards will once again be handed out to the hunter who bags the largest buck, first buck entered and first by a youth, woman, and oldest hunter. Food and refreshments are also part of the day’s festivities, with raffles throughout the day. A large crowd is expected as always, with prizes awarded around 8 p.m. for the first buck to the pole, first by a woman, first by a youth, and other prizes and raffles will take place throughout the day. Food and beverages also are available on site throughout the day.

In Lapeer County, the seventh annual Lapeer County pole once again is hosted by Ray C’s Extreme Store and Wheelin’ Team 457. Similar awards and lots of added prizes will be handed out, with numerous local businesses selling warm beverages and food throughout the day. Other area businesses will supply warming tents, fire pits and lots more. Wheelin’ Team 457, as always, will be on hand to help enter the deer and garner new members. Cash awards go to the first 20 bucks registered and a free shoulder mount compliments of T.C. Taxidermy is also handed out to the hunter who bags the largest buck.

The second annual Metamora pole is hosted by The Village Taxidermist on the main lot next to Best Thyme Party Store on Oak Street. First prize will be a free shoulder mount by The Village Taxidermist, free processing from a local vendor and a $100 gift certificate for the biggest buck. A second and third place prize includes free processing and gift certificates. A woman’s only prize basket and a youth prize will also be awarded. A 50/50 raffle will take place and will benefit Murphy Elementary. Each paid entry will receive a commemorative T-shirt and additional shirts will be for sale. Last entry accepted at 8 p.m. Hot chili and hot beverages will also be for sale.

Finally, the non-profit North Branch Area Business Association hosts the fourth annual buck pole at daybreak until 8 p.m. All bucks must be registered by 7:30 p.m. The pole sits in the parking lot shared by North Branch Food Center and Self-Serve Lumber at 3816 Huron St. (M-90). Hunters who enter a buck will be entered into a $100 lottery.

A heated entertainment tent near the pole houses the chili cook-off party from 4-6 p.m. with area business competing for the Traveling Trophy; a business expo showcasing the area and drawings; free coffee, donuts, concessions and more. The Bud Light Hummer is at the pole from 4-6 p.m., and a Monster Truck viewing takes place from 6-7 p.m.

Raffle tickets also are being offered for some top gear. First place is a custommade, camo-body golf cart, a reconditioned 2005 model, gas–driven cart with lights and aggressive tires. Second place is a 20 gauge H&R Ultra Slug. Third place is a $50 gift certificate to Bowman’s Outdoor Sports. For rules, go to or call Jack Miles 810-287-6369. For chili cook-off rules, call Betty Kennedy at 810-688-2620 during business hours.

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