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5th Annual Buck Pole Has a Winner

It’s deer hunting season and today, people of Alpena celebrated what they’d call Saint Antler’s Day.

The 5th Annual Buck Pole was a major success with local hunters bringing in bucks they shot during today’s hunting games.

There were over a 22 bucks hanging at the old Big Boy Restaurant.

Buck pole organizer, Dr. David Dargis said hunting is a way of life in Northern Michigan.

“It’s an important day. It’s not a religious day. It’s a secular day. It’s our heritage, it’s our culture, it’s part of who we are, and it’s important to us,” Dargis said.

Hunter, Aaron Buza said he enjoys showing his kids where their food comes from.

“It’s nice to show your kids where your food comes from. It’s a healthy way of life, so we enjoy it. It’s great taking my little ones out; they love doing stuff. What dad wouldn’t want to take his kids out in the woods,” Buza stated.

Buza was today’s Buck Pole winner. He took home $300 dollars in cash and more prizes. The Alpena Sportsman Club sponsored the grand prize.