55th Annual Orange Coat Round-Up in Grayling, Michigan

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The 55th Annual Orange Coat Round-Up (buck pole competition) – an event conducted by the Camp Grayling Conservation Club at Skip’s Sports Shop – is now in the record books. Hunters displayed 31 deer on the buck pole this year during the two-event – 16 on day one of the firearm deer season and 15 on day two.

“Prior to firearm deer season bow hunters were seeing a lot of bucks, although the weather during bow season was not the greatest – extremely windy and rainy,” said Missy Millikin of Skip’s Sport Shop.

This year’s buck pole event started with temperatures near 40 degrees on the morning of the first day – Friday, Nov. 15 – with mostly clear skies.  The first hunter to arrive with a buck was 80-year-old Curly LaMotte.

LaMotte won the prize for the first buck of the day and the prize for the day’s oldest hunter.

Deer number five for the day was brought in by Bruce Hinman.

“(Hinman) had the fourth deer on day one in 2012 and may have had that position again if he wouldn’t have broken his foot on the way out of the woods. He dropped his deer off and was on the way to the hospital.  He reported that fellow hunters helped in loading up his buck and he was extremely happy with the quick and expert care he received at Mercy Hospital,” event organizers said.

Young ladies of high school age had a successful day.  Mallory Hatfield was the first female. Right behind her was Jackie Bulmer, who also got a deer during the youth hunt, and then Sierra Schreiber, who ended up with the heaviest buck for the first day at 175 pounds.

This year’s first day ended up with 16 deer compared with last year’s 18 deer.  Last year’s opener was on a Thursday as opposed to this year’s Friday start to the firearm deer season.

Deer are not hung on the buck pole after 5 p.m. and remain on the pole until 7 p.m. so hunters returning from the field can see the day’s result.

Day two of firearm deer season – Saturday, Nov. 16 – started at 35 degrees with lightly clouded skies.  The first deer of the day was brought in by Greg Cass of Grayling at 8:15 a.m.  Several deer shot late on Friday were hung during the day with the total rising to 10 by 10 a.m. The day’s activities slowed down in the early afternoon at 13 deer.

At 4 p.m. Nick Argue brought a buck in that looked like a contender for largest rack and heaviest buck.  Its antler score fell just short of the buck taken by Shane Lewis on day one and its weight was heaviest of day two.

For 20 years the Camp Grayling Conservation Club has sponsored and staffed the running of the buck pole.  Hunters are awarded prizes in various categories such as first buck for the day or youngest hunter. It is possible to win a prize in more than one category.

The deer are not only weighed but the antlers are measured and a scoring system that takes into consideration total spread, number of points, and length of points assigns a score used to determine the best buck of the two days. The overall winner for the event receives a new scoped hunting rifle. Lewis won the grand prize this year. His buck had a rack score of 135 and 1/4.

2013 Orange Coat Round-Up Results

Friday, Nov. 15

Name, Hometown, Buck’s Weight, Antler Score

#1 Curly LaMotte    Grayling, MI        105 pounds        19

First Buck, Oldest Hunter (1/17/`1933)

#2 Frank Czajkowski    Johannesburg, MI    130 pounds         73 3/4

#3 John Morin    Erie, MI         100 pounds        46 1/2

#4 Lee Schreiber     Grayling, MI        130 pounds        87 1/4

#5 Bruce Hinman    Livonia, MI        107 pounds        31 3/4

#6 Mallory Hatfield     Grayling, MI        103 pounds        44 1/2

First Female, Youngest Hunter (3/22/2000)

#7  Jackie Bulmer    Grayling, MI        113 pounds        61 3/4

#8  Tom Morin    Erie, MI        102 pounds        41

#9  Tim Gildner    Grayling, MI        155 pounds        129

#10 Ryan Baver    Grayling, MI        130 pounds        88 3/8

#11 Shane Lewis    Mt. Pleasant, MI    155 pounds        135 1/4

Largest Rack

#12 Ron Rakoczy    Grayling, MI        157 pounds        102

#13 Sierra Schreiber    Grayling, MI        175 pounds        124

Heaviest Buck

#14 Jason Buchinger    Vanderbilt, MI    146 pounds        83

#15 A.J. Dixon    Hartford, MI        126 pounds        93 3/4

#16 Ryan Khoury    Kalkaska, MI        160 pounds        126 1/2

Saturday, Nov. 16

Name, Hometown, Buck’s Weight, Antler Score

#1 Greg Cass    Grayling, MI        133 pounds        120 7/8

First Buck

#2 Christopher Cook    Roscommon, MI       120 pounds         84 5/8

#3 Erik Rohde    Grayling, MI         115 pounds        73 1/2

Youngest Hunter (3/26/2002)

#4 Ryan Halstead    Grayling, MI          167.5 pounds    132 1/2

Heaviest Buck

#5 Ron Hella        Grayling, MI       110 pounds        71 1/2

Oldest Hunter (11/3/1931)

#6 Josh Harris     Lapeer, MI        150 pounds        132 7/8         Largest Rack

#7 Josh Harris                  Lapeer, MI         98  pounds        21

#8 Tom Volkema    Holland, MI        103 pounds        41 1/4

#9 Jayson Welser     Grayling, MI        156 pounds        104 1/8    #10 Ron Cutright    Howell, MI        125 pounds         96 5/8

#11 Derek Bodrak    Farmington, MI    155 pounds        81

#12  Rich Reilly    Grayling, MI        131 pounds        59 5/8

#13 Doug Bridges    Redford Twp, MI    113 pounds        62 1/2

#14 Fred Lackie Jr.    Ferndale, MI        160 pounds        104

#15 Nick Argue    Grayling, MI        175 pounds        129 3/8         Heaviest Buck