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CLICK HERE to see LIVE feed and status of the current Mancelona Buck Pole Contest


CLICK HERE to see results of previous Buck Pole hunter contest, raffle winners, and photo galleries


CLICK HERE  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 based donations received.

(open to hunters and community)
Raffle tickets are sold prior to the Buck Pole 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.  A list of prizes is posted at the Buck Pole.  Top three prizes are indicated on the raffle ticket (prizes vary each year). 

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FAQ's about the Mancelona Buck Pole:

Celebrating our 69th year on November 15-16, 2023

Q: When does the buck pole begin? 
:  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? 
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. HUNTERS SPECIAL RAFFLE DRAWING -  MUST be present to win.    COMMUNITY 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? 
: 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 pavilion.

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 at 231-587-5500.