HUBBARD LAKE, MI – It was one of the best days of the year for local hunters. Opening Day of the deer firearm season kicked off on Wednesday, and we visited Hubbard Lake to catch all of the action at the buck pole.
All the hard work and long hours dedicated to preparing for the season finally came to fruition. Hunters took to the Northeastern Michigan great outdoors in hopes of catching the biggest buck of them all. “All year,” said deer hunter Caleb Worth. “Food plots and scouting, cameras and a lot of hauling stuff out.”
Hunters in the area faced one challenge that they didn’t have to last season. The unusually warm climate presented quite the test for the day’s hunting conditions. “It definitely made the hunt slower,” said deer hunter Zac Kautz. “It would’ve been a lot better if it would’ve been colder.”
Despite the warm weather, hunters still have a shot to haul their deer to one of the local buck poles. More importantly, hunters have some time to snag a buck and all of the bragging rights that come along with it. “I normally sit everyday for the first week,” said Worth. “Then just night hunts when I get a chance after that.”
It’s clear that Opening Day may not have produced the most ideal hunting conditions. Yet hunters have more opportunities to turn their season into a success. The regular deer firearm season goes from November 15 and ends on November 30.