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
#12 Ron Rakoczy Grayling, MI 157 pounds 102
#13 Sierra Schreiber Grayling, MI 175 pounds 124
#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
#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
#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