JACKSON, Wyo. — The 55th annual antler auction was held on Jackson’s Town Square on Saturday. The event is part of Elkfest weekend, the kick-off to Jackson’s 10-day Old West Days celebration.

The event was the first time it was back in person on the square after two years of online auctioning due to COVID0-19 concerns.

A highlight of the event was the Big Bull beetle cleaned skill auction.

“Big Bull” was known for his large antlers and wide spread. He became a popular fixture on the National Elk Refuge until he died in 2017. A skull with 6 x 7 antlers was collected by refuge staff on the National Elk Refuge. While it cannot be confirmed with absolute certainty, refuge staff believe the skull is from “Big Bull”. The skull was beetle cleaned and has a gross score of 3825/8.

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.