By Sean Gagnier
The Williamston Post Staff Writer
The Williamston Chamber of Commerce will host the Fourth Annual Williamston Buck Pole this November. Hunters from across mid-Michigan will gather in Williamston to compete for the title of having collected the largest deer of the season.
“Merindorf has been working with the Williamston Buck Pole for the third straight year and will host the event right at our Williamston location,” a spokesman with Merindorf Meats said. “If hunters wish to have their meat processed they will have to take it to our Mason (2289 West Barnes Rd., Mason, Mich.) location.”
The contest officially opens to the public on Nov. 15, but judging will not begin until Nov. 20. Each hunter must pay a $10 entry fee and must hang their game from the pole where it must remain until the end of judging on that day.
Included with the entry fee, entrants will also receive a 2011 Williamston Buck Pole t-shirt, $10 worth of Buck Pole raffle tickets and a discount on taxidermy services.
Judging runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily and scoring will follow the Boone and Crockett “gross” standards. Any hunter wishing to enter into the competition must legally kill their deer obeying all local ordinances. All animals entered into the Buck Pole must be legally tagged and field dressed to be considered for judging.
There will be awards for men, women and youth entrants in; overall score typical, overall score non-typical, heaviest antlered, heaviest non-antlered and antlers only. All youth who enter a deer will receive an award.
“(The Williamston Buck Pole) promotes the successful harvest of white-tail deer in a manner that supports family traditions and conservation,” said the Williamston Chamber of Commerce.
Hunters must be able to provide detailed information on the area, time and person who killed the deer before being entered into the competition.
Past Buck Poles have drawn more than 1,200 people. Prizes exceeding $7,000 have been awarded. The Buck Pole Grand Finale will take place on Nov. 27 and run from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. that night.