Bow hunting off to a strong start

BIG RAPIDS — Hunting season is underway and sportsmen seem to be enjoying success.

“The guys are bringing in some bucks,” Vic Havens, of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley said last week.

Jeff Greene, of Rodney, took his grandsons out to hunt woodcock at the Haymarsh game area. “We had a good time,” Greene said. “The dogs worked well. My grandkids shot 3 of 4 woodcock. We found some birds early.”

Hunting season is providing opportunities for sportsmen in Lake County.

“I’m seeing lots of squirrels,” Greg Nichols Sr. of Baldwin said. “I’ve seen some rabbits this year. There’s lot of deer.”

A Baldwin area youngster, Evan Walls, bagged a 6-point buck with his bow, during the season which opened on Saturday. He was hunting with his dad on Lake County Sportsmans club property near the Baldwin airport site.

“There’s deer,” Nichols said. “We’ve seen lots of deer around here.”

Bow season continues through Nov. 14 and also goes from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1.

The start of another local deer hunting season means the launch of the 2016 Big Buck Contest.

There will be two divisions, including archery. The other division is for the firearm season Nov. 15-30.

Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each category. Specific prizes will be announced later. Winners will be announced weeks after the season ends.

Successful hunters can submit their entries during the season at two locations: at our downtown offices, 115 N. Michigan, Big Rapids, or at Kelly’s Processing 19077 East 12 Mile Rd., Big Rapids, Mi. 49307. The full deer must be brought to either location.

Pioneer office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m weekdays during the seasons, except on holidays. 

The entire body must be brought in for the deer to be entered. Contest forms are available for hunters to fill out.

The deer are entered by the number of antler points plus the greatest width of the rack from outside to outside.

Entries will also be photographed and included in issues of the Pioneer, Herald-Review and Lake County Star. Hunters are encouraged to also bring their bucks in and give accounts of their unique, but successful experience.

For more information, call (231) 592-8356.