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Buck Pole




ATTENTION HUNTERS - there is extra incentive to enter the Buck Pole contest in 2016.  Hunters who register will receive prizes just for entering, such as a bag of potatoes from Kitchen Farms, meat marinade from Alden Mill House, neck warmers from 9&10/Fox 32 News, NRA cap and more, while supplies last!  In 2016, successful hunters (who hang their deer on the buck pole) will have an opportunity to purchase up to (3) tickets at $25 each, to be entered in a random drawing to win either a CVA Optima camo Muzzle Loader, 50 caliber, camo stock with thumb hole, Nitride rustproof barrel and soft case - OR- a PSE Decree HD compound bow completely equipped with (1) Carbon Force arrows, 5-arrow quiver, lighted bow sight, Vitron stabilizer, wrist sling and peep sight.  The muzzle loader and compound bow are provided courtesy of the National Rifle Association (NRA).   Photos of these items will be posted closer to the 2016 firearms deer season. 


FAQ's about the Mancelona Buck Pole:



Q: When does the buck pole begin?  A:  The Buck Pole opens November 15 at day break, and closes November 16 at 6:30 p.m.  No deer may be registered after 6:30 p.m. All prizes are awarded at 7:00 p.m. at the Buck Pole.


Q: Is pre-registration required?  A:  No. Just bring us your deer, pay the registration fee, we'll hang the deer on the pole, and you are in!


Q: Do we have to be present to win any prizes?  A: Yes. Hunters that have a deer hanging on the pole must be present to win a buck pole/hunter prize. You may not have a representative in place for you. The hunter must be there to claim the prize.  RAFFLE drawing winners do *not* need to be present to win.  See the link below to view the official Buck Pole Rules.


Q: Where can we see photos during and after the buck pole?  A: Visit MancelonaChamber.org and visit the Buck Pole page, and follow the link to the photo galleries. We will continually add photos throughout the contest, along with a status of how many deer have been entered, and what sizes, and who the hunters are that bagged their buck.




Hunters Orange is everywhere to be seen during firearms deer season in Antrim County! Mancelona Chamber of Commerce plays host to northern Michigan's oldest and most popular Buck Pole, where hunters gather every year to share stories, photos and enjoy the warming tent, food booths, bonfire and chances to win great cash prizes. The buck pole also features a raffle drawing with numerous prizes.

If you were a lucky hunter, we invite you to register your deer at the buck pole. For a $5 registration fee, you'll receive a cap, patch and photo of yourself with your deer. We'll hang your deer on the pole, and you'll have a chance to win a cash prize. You don't need to have the largest buck to enter the contest. All registration money received goes into the "Lucky Hunter" drawing. One name will be pulled out, and that Lucky Hunter will receive all registration money, with a guaranteed minimum prize of $200, regardless of the size of your deer!

While visiting our buck pole, warm up by the bonfire with a bowl of chili or other warm foods from the concession stand. Browse through all the photos of our previous buck poles under the big, heated tent.

See all the rules and prize information below. Good luck to all of you, and have a safe, enjoyable hunt. We look forward to seeing you at the Buck Pole, November 15 and 16, downtown Mancelona (at the traffic light on US 131 at M-88). The contest opens at daylight on November 15, and runs continuously until 7:00 p.m. on November 16.  All prizes will be awarded at that time. For additional info, please call us. 231.587.5500.

Also Visit Northern Michigan's New website
hookedonmichigan.com - a message board for hunters, fishermen, snowmobiling, skiing, and tourism in northern Michigan. Talk with other hunters about the bait ban, hunting and weather conditions, and more. 



Click THIS LINK for all contest rules and how prizes are determined


(for the hunters only)
    • First Deer Hung - $10
    • Heaviest Deer - $150
    • Most Points - $100
    • Widest Rack - $75

    • Lucky Hunter Drawing - all entry money received, with a guaranteed minimum of $200.  (regardless of the size of your deer, you all have a chance to win the Lucky Hunter Drawing)

    • Miscellaneous other prizes via a drawing - Occasionally businesses will donate special prizes specifically for the hunters. These change each year and are subject to donations received.

(open to hunters and community)
   • raffle tickets are sold prior to the Buck Pole, and are available at numerous business locations throughout Mancelona. Also sold at the buck pole on November 15 and 16. Tickets are $1 each or a book of six for $5. In 2015: Grand Prize $1,000.  2nd Prize $150.  3rd Prize $100.  4th Prize Bernie Blackmore Memorial Gift Basket.  Plus, more than 100 other valuable prizes will be raffled. 



CLICK HERE to view all Buck Pole Results (tally of hunters & winners, raffle winners, photo galleries)