Antlers on Antler St.

Gladwin

Twenty-four sets of antlers lined Antler Street in Gladwin on Saturday, November 20 for the first annual Hangin’ on Cedar Buck Pole event. The event was hosted by The Back 40 Taxidermy and The Hotel Bar. 

Antler Street, next to The Hotel Bar was closed down during the time of the event, and a beer tent was set up to accommodate. The Todd Michael Band played throughout the event, and door prizes were given out as well. 

The Back 40 Taxidermy owner, Tyler LaRue was thrilled by the turnout on Saturday with roughly 200 people showing up. 

“I saw a lot of local faces, but there were lots of others from outside the area too,” LaRue said. “Although, almost every deer that was brought in was from Gladwin County.” 

Some of the deer that were brought to the event were impressive, and some even won their hunter an award. Biggest buck was awarded to Neil Sharpe, who had a 13-point buck that measured 152 inches. Sharpe was provided with a free shoulder mount from The Back 40 Taxidermy. A youth buck award was given to Earl Esiline for the buck he shot, and was presented with a new hunting rifle. 

Other prizes were awarded to various other hunters including a Jay’s Sporting Goods gift card and a Back 40 Taxidermy gift card with free deer processing at Lambert’s Meat Market. A cornhole tournament also took place in the afternoon before the buck pole. 

“This was a great community event to have in town,” LaRue said. “In the winter months, it seems like Gladwin almost goes dormant, so it’s nice to see so many people show up to something like this.” 

The large turnout also brought about an increase in business according to LaRue. 

“It was great for not only my business, but other businesses in town,” He said. “This is what local support looks like, and I was glad to help generate some of that.”

The tent was heated and maintained a warm temperature for the crowd to shelter from the cold night. According to LaRue, the event went well, and he plans on bringing it back in the future. 

“We will be bigger and better next year, with a few tweaks,” LaRue said.

The Back 40 Taxidermy and The Hotel Bar would like to thank the many sponsors for the event and the volunteers who helped to make it all possible. LaRue is excited to see everyone, as well as some new faces, and some of the county’s finest deer at the 2022 buck pole event.

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