Every year Jackson Hole, Wyoming holds a very special event called Elkfest, At the festival the Jackson Hole Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction sells Elk antlers to make money to help the National Elk Refuge. This money is used to help the elk make it through the hard Wyoming winters after they have migrated there from Yellowstone National Park..
The elk come from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole, Wyoming every winter. They stay in a herd and as they enjoy Jackson Hole and during the winter they shed there antlers. These shedded antlers are collected by the Boy Scouts to sell at the auction.
The boy Scouts are able to collect around 7000 or 8000 pounds of antlers a year that are sold for about $70,000-$100,000. This money is used by the National Elk Refuge to help the elk during the winter months when they are staying in Jackson Hole. A small percentage of the money is given to the Boy Scouts to help them pay for things like scouting yearly dues. It is very nice that the Boy Scouts collect all the sheds so they deserve some of the profits.
Approximately 100 registered auction bidders buy the elk sheds and use them mostly for decorations. Some make furniture or light fixtures with the antlers. Others make jewelry or wall decorations with the antlers. These antlers are very sought after in western decor and the people who buy the elk antlers are usually using them to create their art.
Collecting the antlers is a great activity for the Boy Scouts to do during the winter months since they get outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine.
Anyone can buy a single elk antler anytime during the year at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. You can find this visitor center at 532 North Cache Street in Jackson.
Elkfest is held every year on the Saturday before Memorial Day in May and it attracts people from all over the world to buy elk antlers. There is more to do at Elkfest then buying antlers. It is a time to get together to celebrate Nature with outdoor activities and games. The High Noon Chili Feed and a Mountain Man Rendezvous help celebrate the natural wonders of Wyoming.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a lovely vacation destination with plenty to do. You can find out more about what there is to do in the area and Elkfest at http://www.jacksonholechamber.com/events/elkfest.php.