Roosevelt elk shed antlers up for bid at auction
More than 200 seized Roosevelt elk shed antlers can be purchased during an online auction beginning Sept. 5, 2012.
Items that will be available during the auction include:
• More than 100 large individual shed antlers.
• Four sets of matched antlers.
• 26 bundles of large shed antlers.
• One large skull cap plate with antlers from a Rocky Mountain bull elk.
• One large set of mounted antlers from a trophy mule deer buck.
The shed antlers, seized because they were collected illegally, have been sorted into three grades: fresh (picked up the same year as shed), one-year white (picked up one or more years after being shed), and two-year white (picked up two or more years after being shed).
All individual sheds and bundles have been weighed.
More than 100 of the individual shed antlers have had gross scores determined, many of which qualify for entry into the Boone and Crockett record book, said Sergeant Carl Klein of the WDFW Law Enforcement Program.
“This is a great opportunity for people to own trophy-class Roosevelt elk antlers, or for the creative, turn antlers into art and home decor”, Klein said.
The auction will be conducted by the Department of Enterprise Services (DES). The bidding for about half of the items will close on Wednesday, September 19th, and bidding for the other half of the items will close on Thursday, September 20th. Photos of the shed antlers and other information about the auction, including how to view the items in person, are available online at http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/state,wa/list/current?orgid=65751.
People who would like to participate in the online auction must first register at http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/login/login?&dst=/browse/home.
In Washington, it is legal to possess, sell or trade shed antlers, which are naturally shed by bull elk each year, said Klein.
However, it is illegal to pick up shed antlers from private property without the permission of the owner or manager and from U.S. Park Service lands, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands (refuges), state parks, and state or county natural areas without permits or proper authorization.
WDFW’s Enforcement Program includes 134 Fish and Wildlife police officers stationed throughout Washington. Those officers are working to stop wildlife poaching, as well as the illegal harvest of fish and shellfish.
People who witness a fish and wildlife offense can report the violation by phone (1-877-933-9847), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text message (847411 TIP411).
Funds from the antler auction will be used in the fight against poaching, which includes paying rewards to people who report fish and wildlife violations that lead to a conviction, said Sergeant Klein..
For more information contact Sergeant Carl Klein at (360) 902-2426 or Mike Kuttel at (360) 902-8413.