There were fewer antlers than average for Saturday’s annual Scout Antler Auction in downtown Jackson, but bidders from around the world spent one of the highest total amounts on record.
When the counting was done, the auction had raised an astounding $201,400 for the 7350 pounds of antlers on sale. Of that, 75% of the proceeds are used for wildlife enhancement on the refuge and 25% are used for scout projects.
Volunteer time for collecting, sorting, bundling, weighing, and staging the auction collectively exceed what the Refuge would pay a full-time employee for a year. This year’s auction featured a couple unique offerings: a beetle-cleaned scull with a very large seven-point rack sold for $7600, and two beetle-cleaned skulls with their racks still entwined from when they were battling each other went for $1150.
The largest amount bid per pound was $107, and the most spent per pair was $7675. The top bidder was from Jackson who spent $73,324 at the auction. Meanwhile, scouts from throughout the district demonstrated their scoutcraft on the square and National Park and National Wildlife organizations provided information about their conservation programs.