Utah holds auction today and tomorrow for antlers, furs and more
Interested in adding to your antler collection? The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) is holding an auction that begins this afternoon and includes hundreds of antlers, bobcat furs, bows, traps and a lot of other things all seized during poaching or other investigations over the last six years.
Interested individuals can preview the items at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range at 6000 W. 2100 South in Salt Lake City, Utah from 2 to 6 p.m. today. The auction, which will be held online, will begin this afternoon and close tomorrow, April 26. Anyone lucky to win an item (or items) must pay for and pick up the items by 7 p.m. tomorrow.
“It is quite a sight to see all of these antlers, but the sad reality is that the majority of them are evidence of illegally killed wildlife,” said UDWR Capt. Chad Bettridge. “Poaching steals that opportunity away from law-abiding hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts to enjoy these animals. On average, each of our conservation officers covers around 1,500 square miles in their patrol area. We need the public’s help in enforcing wildlife laws, which help to maintain healthy wildlife populations for future generations to enjoy.”
Antlers will be sold by lot and include trophy-size along with smaller sets. Many are still attached to the animal skull, according to the agency. Antlers are mostly from deer and elk, but there are also some moose antlers and antelope horns along with taxidermy mounts, too. All of the proceeds of the auction will go towards funding wildlife conservation in the state.