Opening Day 2011 is history.

Hunters hit the field, (although with Opening Day falling on a Tuesday many reported they believed there would be many more sportsmen and women in the woods the following weekend.)

Still, despite a somewhat foggy opener in some places, there were nice bucks bagged early on in the day.

Evart’s Chamber of Commerce Big Buck Contest and the Buck Pole at Schmidty’s on U.S. 10 were busy.

A good number of fine sized animals were brought in for measuring and a lot of tales were told as well.

A good time was had by all.

In the Chamber’s Big Buck Contest - facilitated this year, as in years, past by members of Evart’s Masonic Lodge - the first buck arrived just after 9 a.m.

The dedicated and experienced teams of experts made sure their measurements were sharp and the results were well logged.

Phil Campbell (not pictued) shot his Third Place winner out in the Sears area. It measured in at 8 points, 17 1/4 inches.

The Schmidty’s Buck Pole was hopping as well, as hunters brought some wonderful bucks to display for a few hours before taking them home and tucking them in the freezer.

Traffic slowed as cars being driven through Evart edged past the Buck Pole allowing drivers to check out the quality of deer in this area, and maybe gauge the competition for whitetail over the next few days.

The Buck Pole was a big success again this year — a popular draw for residents and visitors alike.