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Jackson District Boy Scouts of America
This is a Jackson tradition that you should not miss. Bring the whole family to Elkfest and see this signature event, started in 1968, and visited by people from all over the world. See the thousands of pounds of naturally shed elk antler gathered on the National Elk Refuge and sold by the Boy Scouts. These are the only antler sold at this auction. For information about other sales happening the same day see the Rotary Club Private Antler Sales on the Events page.
The BSA Elk Antler Auction is always held the Saturday one week before Memorial Day weekend. (Memorial Day weekend being Old West Days here in Jackson Hole.) Center street adjacent to the Jackson Town Square will be blocked off for this event. Antler are laid out ready for your inspection by 7:00 a.m. We have tried to create lots that will appeal to various buyers. We will have lots consisting of single matched pairs, bundles and pallets of various sizes of lefts and rights, matched pairs, one and two point antler and broken antler. Depending on how many we get we will either have a pallet or trailer of white antler and a trailer of various brown antler. Registration will be at 9:00 a.m. for those who do not register ahead. It is best to register now, even if you are not sure you will be coming. This does two things. It puts you in our database for next year’s mailing and saves everybody time the morning of the auction. The auction begins at 10:00 a.m. If you plan on visiting the auction as a bidder, or if you are just curious about how the auction works, click on the Registration Information in the left column for more information.
This event provides a wonderful opportunity for scouts to serve their community. The majority (75%) of the proceeds from the Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction are used for long term habitat improvement projects at the National Elk Refuge that will help the elk for many years. The other 25% is used towards funds to pay our Friends of Scouting dues. These funds are required for our district to remain in Boy Scouts of America and in most districts are raised through donations from friends and families of scouts and the community.
We try to provide a variety of lot types. We sort and bundle antler into the following lots. They will be lefts, rights, or lefts and rights, and be graded by size small, medium, and large:
These antler are stored inside, out of the weather and sun, shortly after being picked up.
Our beautiful beetle cleaned skulls are professionally processed by Ronell Skinner at his Skinner's Skull Shop, in nearby Bedford, Wyoming. His contact info is on the Contacts page.
We bundle and weight lots for the current auction the Wednesday night before the auction. We post a link to the list here on the Thursday (or Friday) before the auction.
Auction /Registration Information
Antler will be laid out for viewing by 7:00 a.m. Each lot is tagged with a lot number and weight. Do not confuse the two. The lot number is printed. The weight is hand written. An auction list of antler lots is available at the registration table. The registration table will be just south of the big blue & white trailer and a smaller white trailer. You may use this list to aid you in selecting the lots you wish to bid on. Remember that bidding is per pound (except for the bison skulls and the beetle cleaned elk heads). Be sure to read the Notice to Prospective Buyers and the Terms and Conditions before you register for the auction.
As soon as an auction official is at the registration table, you may pick up a registration form and begin filling it out. We try to have that set up by 8:00 a.m. As soon as you see the awnings go up on the white trailer, around 9:00 a.m., we will be ready to take your registration and give you a bidder number.
We will collect a $5.00 registration fee the day of the auction. Have it and your driver's license with you when you come to the trailer to turn in your registration and/or pick up your bidder card. The auction will begin at 10:00 a.m. and typically lasts two to three hours.
The day of the auction, we have several things going on in the "registration trailer" all at the same time. We have up to 10 people trying to work around and with each other. Because of this, it is easier for us to enter the data for registration before the day of the auction. For this reason, we do not collect the fee for registration until the day of the auction.
We encourage you to register now. Registering early does two things for you. It puts you in our database for our mailing the next year and saves you time the day of the auction. Those who register ahead will have a bidder card already assigned and waiting to be picked up. The bidder cards may be picked up at the window marked, 'Pick up your bidder card here.' Not only will this save you time, but it will help us, too.
Sometimes, for various reasons including several things happening at once in the little trailer we are in the day of the auction, volunteers not familiar with the database, networking problems, and computer glitches means that a bidder may purchase something before the name and bidder number actually make it into the database. This is another good reason to get registered ahead.