Buck Pole

What's Planned for 2018

The 64th annual Mancelona Buck Pole is set for Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16, 2018.



Register your deer for $5.  There is no pre-registration; just bring us your deer (see official rules), pay the $5 registration fee, and you'll receive (while supplies last - a random assortment of the following:)


  • Reuseable shopping bag from Spartan Nash (Family) Fare) with random:
  • 2018 Mancelona Buck Pole commemorative year-rocker participation patch (ALL participants will receive patch)
  • 5# bag locally grown Kitchen Farm Potatoes
  • Meat Marinade from Alden Mill House
  • Hunting cap from one of our sponsors
  • Hunting decal from White Tails Unlimited
  • Ink pens, pencils
  • Note pad, lotion, and discount coupons from All Seasons Motel & Resort
  • Wooden Bottle Opener from 4Front Credit Union
  • Key chain bottle opener from 9&10 News
  • Koozie cups, lip balm from TV 7&4
  • Wildlife posters and hunting DVD's
  • and assorted other items
  • Digital photo of hunter and deer, emailed to them after the contest

What else do you get just for registering?  You're automatically entered into the Lucky Hunter drawing (all registration money received, with a guaranteed minimum of $200), regardless of the size of your deer!  Cash prizes for heaviest, most points and widest rack, and first deer hung.  See contest rules for details. (MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN... see official rules page)



Want a chance to win even more, like a Muzzle Loader and a PSE Bow & Arrow package?  Optionally, participants may purchase special raffle tickets for $20 each.  The first name drawn will receive his/her choice of the muzzle loader or the PSE bow & arrow set.  The second name drawn will receive the other.  Then, we will continue drawing names until we have given away other great, valuable prizes including hunting knives, and other prize packages donated by our sponsors.  (MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN... see official rules page).  These tickets will be made available to hunters as they register their deer; may be purchased by contest hunters only).



Community raffle drawing - is open to anyone and everyone.  Top prize is $1,000 cash.  Second prize is $150 cash, and third prize is $100 cash.  Plus, there are approximately 100 other items to be raffled off.  These tickets are $6 for 5, or $1 each.  You do not need to be present to win these prizes in the community raffle drawing.  Tickets are on sale throughout stores and will be sold at the Buck Pole, too.


BONFIRE, CONCESSION STAND, STATS, WARMING TENT AND MORE - The buck pole isn't only for hunters.  Come join us in the warming tent, see the statistics of all the deer.  Gather round the bonfire to keep warm - roast some marshmallows if you'd like!  The Rotary Club of Mancelona is handling the concessions this year.  Hot food and beverages will be available for purchase both days.


LIVE WEB CAM - 186Networks will sponsor the live web cam both days.  Watch our website for a link so you can see everything from your home or office.  The buck pole will be broadcast live on the net.


Please call 231-587-5500 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


WE WILL SEE YOU at the 64th annual Mancelona Buck Pole!