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Boy Scout Auction Sees Fewer Antlers But Higher Bids

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Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from Grand Teton Council’s Jackson District completed their 45th annual elk antler auction on the Jackson Town Square Saturday morning, while at the same time marking their celebration of this year’s 100th anniversary of the National Elk Refuge.  Altogether, the sale brought in $90,469 for an average of $12.15 per pound.  The amount of antlers available this year was lower than average due to the unseasonably early spring leading to elk leaving the refuge before shedding their antlers.  Altogether, 7398 pounds of antlers were put on the auction block which compares with a ten-year average of 8369 pounds.  While most antlers were sold in bundles or larger lots, bidders were also able to bid on individual matched pairs or antlers attached to skulls or skullcaps of winter-killed elk.  Scouts from the various units also provided displays of scout craft and Cub Scout Pack 40 from Wilson served birthday cake in honor of the refuge anniversary.  Refuge Manager Steve Kallin noted that nearly half of the refuge 100-year history has involved a very special relationship with the community’s scout groups.  Members of  a protest group in town since Wednesday stopped by the auction, watched for a while and took photos of the event; but then returned to the west  side of the square where they gathered and quietly sang hymns for anyone who would listen.  80% of the proceeds from the annual auctions are donated to the National Elk Refuge for habitat improvements.

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