— It’s that time of year again and Monday, Nov. 15 will mark more than just the traditional opening day if firearm deer hunting season. Also open will be buck poles in the Great Flint area, with our partners at NBC25 hosting their Trophy Buck Pole in conjunction with Jay’s Sporting Goods daily from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 15- 30.. Gander Mountain in Flint will host its own pole from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 only.
The pole opens from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with the top three biggest bucks eligible for awards, as well as the first buck entered, first buck by a lady hunter, first buck by youth, smallest buck and even for the first doe registered.
All prizes are donated by: Scentlok, Wildlife Research Center, Ameristep, Johnny B’s Taxidermy, Gander Mountain, and many others. The hosts are still accepting judges for their chili cook-off that runs from 7-8 p.m., and other refreshments and snacks will be available. Details: John at 810-230-1212 ext 111
Tune in daily Nov. 15-30 for live coverage during NBC25 News at 6 p.m., with recaps at 11 p.m. Live streaming takes place daily from 5-6 p.m. and hunters have a chance to win a Sako A7 .270 Winchester short mag rifle with a Nikon ProStaff 3-9×40 scope, plus many other prizes.
All sized deer are eligible and welcome at the pole, 2225 W. Willard Road, Clio.
The 12th annual pole sponsored by Madden’s Lounge, the Greater Flint Chapter of Safari Club International and William’s Gun Sight and Outfitters is open from daybreak to 8 p.m. Prizes for largest buck, first buck registered by a youth, woman and oldest hunter are just the start. A chili cook-off, hot beverages and more take place throughout the day.
It’s the sixth time around for the Lapeer County pole at Ray C’s Extreme Store on Imlay City Rd. The pole opens at first light with prizes awarded around 8 p.m. Many vendor tents and booths, a chili cook-off and more take place.
The Village Taxidermist and Best Tyme Party host this first-ever pole in the downtown Metamora area on Oak St. at the four corners. Chili cook-off, similar awards for bucks and refreshments take place here, also. Pole opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m.
It’s the third annual pole at the Self Serve Lumber/North Branch Food Center on M-90 brought to you by the North Branch Area Business Association. A gun raffle, Euchre tournament and similar prizes to the same categories of bucks take place from sun up to 8:30 p.m. with the big prizes awarded at 8:30. You must preregister for the Euchre tournament at 810-793-6666.