The Elk Antler Auction held during Elkfest back in 2018, when the event was in-person. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — The 54th annual Boy Scouts of America Elk Antler Auction is currently underway online through Oct. 2.

The auction, hosted by the Boy Scouts of America Headwaters District is normally held in person on the Jackson Town Square during Elkfest in May. The event was rescheduled this year to Oct. 2 on the Town Square with hopes of an in-person auction but COVID-19 health concerns the event was moved online.

This is the second year the auction has been held online due to COVID-19 concerns. Those wishing to participate in the auction must  There are multiple bidding options available.

In the spring, Jackson Hole Boy Scouts are allowed a special use permit to collect antlers off of the National Elk Refuge.

For their extraordinary effort, the Scouts retain 25% of the sale’s proceeds, which is used to supplement fees for day camps, leader and Scout training, and other activities.

The remaining 75% of the proceeds are returned to the National Elk Refuge, which manages approximately 25,000 acres as winter range for the Jackson Elk Herd. The funds are used for habitat enhancement projects, including paying for farming equipment, weed management, and seasonal employees that operate the Refuge’s irrigation program.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.