Despite poor start, hunters report a ‘good’ deer season so far

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

Photo by Linda Gallagher

DNR Law Enforcement Officer Andrea Albert talks to successful opening day hunter Rock Pelon, of East Jordan, who told Albert that he dropped his eight-point buck that afternoon in Antrim County's Echo Township with one shot from his .300 Savage rifle. 

BELLAIRE – Despite a slow and soggy start, the firearms deer season in both Antrim and Kalkaska counties has gone well since last week's Nov. 15 opening day, with most hunters seeing improved numbers of deer over last year and just about everyone spotting larger racked bucks.

But pouring rain on opening day made for a sluggish start, according to organizers of the Mancelona Buck Pole, which in its two days of operation hung a total of 35 antlered bucks on the popular pole, a tradition in the area for the past 63 years.

As of 4 p.m. last Wednesday, the pole sported only four bucks, organizer Joanie Moore told DNR Law Enforcement Officer Andrea Albert, with most of the deer arriving on Thursday, the second day of the hunt, when heavy rains ceased and made for a much better day of deer movement.

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