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Antler auction record-setting despite dreary weather
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The 46th annual Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction took place in cold, wet conditions but the weather could not damper the enthusiasm or final totals for last weekend’s sale.
Refuge spokesperson Lori Iverson said a total of 8,507 pounds of antlers were sold at auction Saturday, up from the 7,398 sold last year. The mark also bests the previous 10–year average of 8,133 pounds. In addition to the increase in total ‘hornage,’ buyers ponied up like never before. A total of 103 registered bidders spent an average of $15.43 per pound at Saturday’s auction. That’s up from a 10-year average of $9.72.
“We had heard the market was up this year,” Iverson said, “but it was exciting to see it come to fruition on Saturday.”
The sale yielded $131,400 in all. That’s an all-time high, topping 2011’s $111,305, according to Refuge records. The price paid per pound was also a record-breaker. Previously, the most ever paid for sheds per pound was $13.79 in 1989.
The majority of proceeds from the antler auction are donated by the Boy Scouts to the National Elk Refuge, which maintains approximately 25,000 acres as winter range for the Jackson Elk Herd. A reworked arrangement this year allowed the Scouts to retain 25 percent (up from 20 percent) of the earnings for their endeavors.