Bull Bash: Elkfest is like nothing else on earth

JACKSON HOLE, WYO — This Saturday, on the town square, Jackson will do something no one else does.

The 52nd anniversary of the Jackson District Boy Scouts Elk Antler Auction is a celebration of all things wapiti. Elkfest features the auction on the square that has drawn hundreds of international bidders in years past.

Not bad for a day’s work. (Courtesy)

After bundling and weighing the antlers Wednesday evening, various guestimates put the total tally at near 10,000 pounds of antlers. If this bears out, it would be pretty good haul. Last year’s collection was a slim 8,593 pounds due to a mild winter that had few elk wintering in the Refuge.

The more limited the supply, the more furious the bidding wars. Watch for the average per pound price to push toward $19/pound.

Registration to bid begins at 7am, bidding starts at 10am. Proceeds are split between the Elk Refuge and the Scouts.

Besides the thousands of pounds of antlers offered by the Jackson District Boy Scouts at the auction, there also are an abundance of antlers offered at the Jackson Hole Rotary Club Private Antler Sale.

Hot food will be available at the local Babe Ruth Ball Team food tent. Scout paraphernalia is for sale in the Scouts tent on the Town Square. The event will be held rain or shine (or snow) so be prepared for the elements.

For information on the BSA Auction, please contact Cliff or Loretta Kirkpatrick at (307) 733-5935, or by email.

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